A year ago, I decided to actively pursue my reading interest. To consciously follow that interest, I set up myself a challenge to read a book every week which accounted for 52 books. One year later, I am happy that I could come close to the target – finished reading 50 books, two short of my target.
I didn’t exactly follow the reading list that I decided at the start of this challenge. The list grew as time progressed and the desire to read from diverse subjects helped me to pick books on subjects that I wouldn’t have otherwise chosen.
In 2016, I read books from across the continents, across the genres and across the subjects.
I read books from a mortician, a geobotanist, and a film critic.
I read books on the evolution of human species, how the genes were created and manipulated, how the societies evolve and collapse.
I read books from Noble prize winners, Man Booker shortlisted and winners, Pulitzer prize winners.
I read classics that stood the test of time – involved explaining philosophy, describing a dystopian world, and magical realism.
I read books that involved conflicts from within societies and from external sources in Japan, Syria, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and China.
I read books about medical circumstances of being mortal and autism.
I read books that taught the art of motorcycle maintenance, raising a pet hawk, hunting a man-eater and writing stories about them.
50 Books and 18,078 Pages made me wander through the world of fantasy, pulled me back to harsh reality, taught me the skills that would be handy in the times of adversary and finally deeply understand myself as an individual, as a part of society and as a part of species.
Best Books I Read in 2016: (in no particular order)
1984 by George Orwell
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Thomas Avila Laurel
The Morning they came for Us by Janine Di Giovanni
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Diaries by Robert M. Pirsig
Books that surprised me in 2016: (in no particular order)
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
This Divided Island by Samanth Subramanian
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randell
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Flash Boys: Cracking the Money Code by Michael Lewis
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