While interacting with fellow book lovers on various social media platforms, I encounter several shame-on-me moments. This was my first year as a Book Blogger. I recently had my 1st anniversary here.
I started reading books, other than those in my course, when I was in 11th standard. At the age of 17, I read Hardy Boys for the first time. They gave me relief from the depressing equations of organic chemistry and mind boggling integrals of physics. And from there, my love for books increased gradually. It was in my first year of graduation (when I opted for Arts and left Science) that I began to identify myself as a bibliophile. And then on being insisted by a Professor in college, I started blogging last year. Somewhere around this time only, I was writing my first Book Review for this blog.
My whole point in telling all this is that I’m yet to read those books which fellow book lovers grew up reading. At a time, when they would have read their first book by Jane Austen, I was reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. At a time, when they were praising The Kite Runner, I hadn’t even heard about Khaled Hosseini. Till day, I haven’t read a single book by some famous authors like Paulo Coelho, Cecelia Ahern and Jeffery Archer.
As a result of all this, I have nothing say when these famous authors are being discussed. Someone asks which is your favourite book by Paulo Coelho? I’m quiet. Which is your favourite quote by Jane Austen? I’m quiet. So yeah, these are the shame-on-me moments for me.
By writing this post I’m making myself determined to read some of the must-read books by contemporary authors like like To Kill a Mockingbird and Fault in Our Stars. I’m making myself determined to read at least one book by authors like Sidney Sheldon, Cecelia Ahern and Paulo Coelho. I’m making myself determined to read more and more classics. It is really a shame that after liking Jane Eyre so much, I haven’t picked up Wuthering Heights yet. But the thing is that it is not that easy to find time for these books when a lot exciting books are being released every month. Perhaps I’ll talk about what it feels like to be a book blogger, in some other post.
I’m not disappointed with myself. I’m just sharing what I feel. Talking about this year, I’ve surpassed my Goodreads challenge of 45 books by reading 51 books. And I’ll read 2-3 more books before the year ends. So, that’s it. I’ll come up with a list of my favoruite reads of 2017 soon. Stay tuned.