Start of year is when we see many people setting their reading goals. Some goals are purely quantitative ( Number of books ) while some are based on inclusiveness and diversity, Here are some of my recommendations for some reading goals .
1 His Bloody Project
Goal: Historical Fiction
If reading more historical fiction is your goal then I will highly recommend Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloodly Project that was also shortlisted for Bookers’ prize. Is fast paced and writing is brilliant- so even if the genre is new to you, you will enjoy reading this one. (Full Review ) 5/5 stars on goodreads.
2. Ready Player One
If you don’t read any Sci-fi but you want to expand the genre then Ready Player One is one of the best place to start ( I was tempted to include The Martian as well ). It is also a major motion picture, directed by the master himself but you know what the saying is- ” The book is always better than the movie (confession – I have not seen the movie yet so if I am wrong this time, do let me know ). 5/5 stars on goodreads.
3. The Illicit Happiness of Other People
Goal: Indian Author / More Books from India
This brilliant book by Manu Joseph will rekindle your faith in Indian writers. If your goal is to read more from India then don’t miss out on this one.Based in Chennai- the protagonist is a failed novelist and journalist- investigates the death of his 17 year old son. Its full of irony and humor and writing is pitch right for the subject. 5/5 stars on the goodreads
4. Normal People by Sally Rooney
Goal : Books from 2018
One of m favorite books from last year, Normal people takes you to the lives of two young people in modern Ireland. I enjoyed the writing and also now I want to read other books by Sally Rooney ( Any recommendations ? ). 4/5 stars on the goodreads ( Full Review )
5. Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea
Goal: Books on Food/Drinks
This is really a fun goal and there are many interesting books written on the genre. If you have not explored it then Darjeeling will be a good starting point ( I was also tempted to include ” Korma, Kheer and Kismat” is this genre ) Jeff Koehler not only explores the glory of the Darjeeling tea and the famous tea gardens, but also the history and the origin of the tea. A must read. 5/5 stars on goodreads (Full Review)
6. The Importance of Being Earnest
Goal : Humor/ Books from Play
If you have not read it yet – then go- run- find this book- read it- cherish it- thank me later 😛
Oscar Wilde is a master of this genre and if you want to explore it- there are no better books than this. 5/5 stars on Goodreads.
7. 84, Charing Cross Road
Goal : Books on books/Reading
This book is so adorable and lovely- while writing this post, I had a temptation to read it. If you want to read books on books then this book is your bae. Entire book is the letter conversation and maybe The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (maybe because of the Netflix movie) is more popular book in the genre but for me, 84, Charing Cross Road is the favorite book in the genre. (5/5 stars on the goodreads )
8. The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
Goal: Memoir/ Non-fiction/ Books From North Korea
This book is closer to the Angela’s Ashes in terms of writing – as both books talk about tragedies from the point of view of the child. If you want to read a good memoir, instead of giving you the popular and obvious choices, I am recommending you The Aquariums of Pyongyang as it helps you to read the point of view of North Koreans who are mostly isolated and unheard because of their closed society. 4/5 stars on goodreads.
9. Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel García Márquez
Goal : Short Stories
Marquez needs no introduction, and if your goal is to explore Magical Realism, then his other books are the top of the genre. However, not many knows that Marquez is also a brilliant short story writer and this book is one of the best collection of short stories- though they are translations, the craft is very much intact and I do praise the translators on a great job. (Full Review ). 4/5 stars on the goodreads.
10. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Goal : Women Writers
Though there are many choices for this goal, but I am choosing Hot Milk because Deborah Levy voice is very fresh and I believe you should give it a try. I rated it 4/4 stars on the goodreads.
I hope you liked my recommendations- please let me know your view. Have a great year of reading.
HAPPY NEW YEAR