First things first, today is 23rd April – World Book and Copyright Day. From among the 110000000000001 days celebrated the world over, one which is of significance to bibliophiles like me. Needless to say, I updated my library for the occasion. 😀 Padhne waalon ko padhne ka bahaana chahiye… 😛
Additions to my stock of books, which is growing by the day:
- One – Richard Bach
- Messiah’s handbook – Richard Bach
- The bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller
- A thousand country roads – Robert James Waller
- True love (and other lies) – Whitney Gaskell
Second things second, I came to know of the Orbis Terrarum Challenge, thanks to Nagashri. ‘Orbis Terrarum’ stands for ‘The whole world’. The challenge is – over a period of 9 months, from April to December 2008, read 9 books by 9 different authors, from different parts of the world. The reader should write about each of these books on his/her blog. I am, most definitely, game for the challenge. I am taking it up. I have decided to experiment with different kinds of books, some out of my usual sphere of reading.
Here’s the list of books I am planning to read for the challenge:
- Mahashweta by Sudha Murty – India (An attempt to begin reading a book which has been lying with me for ages)
- The bridge across forever by Richard Bach – USA (An attempt to re-explore and understand Bach’s style of philosophy, which I had left after reading JLS)
- The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini – Afghanistan (Again, trying to read a book that has been with me since long, which I never got around to reading)
- Blind willow, sleeping woman by Haruki Murakami – Japan (An attempt at understanding Murakami’s writing style, which I did not quite relate with in ‘South of the border, west of the sun’)
- Eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho – Brazil, South America (Very different from the usual Coelho books)
- Love among the chickens by PG Wodehouse – England (I haven’t read many old authors, and this is my attempt at beginning to read them)
- The life of Pi by Yann Martel – Canada (Somehow, I never picked up this book, though it has been there with me since long. Now, will do so.)
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse – Germany (Again, a different kind of author, a different kind of theme for me – spirituality)
- PS: I love you by Cecelia Ahern – Ireland (Come on, I am entitled to one romance novel, simple, easy to read. 😀 )
These books might seem to be very light to some of you, but for me, it is something different. I am very excited about the whole thing. You up for it?
Third things third, I came across this site – Booking through Thursday – while randomly browsing. A meme a week, on Thursdays, related to books and reading. Sure sounds like fun. I am game for this too.
That’s it for now. Ciao!
PS: The list of books for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge can be changed later. If you have any suggestions about what I should be reading, please do drop in a line in the Comments box. Thanks.