I’m game, are you?

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. πŸ˜€ Padhne waalon ko padhne ka bahaana chahiye… πŸ˜›

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. πŸ˜€ )

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.


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34 responses to “I’m game, are you?

  1. Had not heard about “Whitney Gaskell” before..impressive list of books you have got there..
    Being a big fan of Richard Bach’s brand of philosophy..it would be fun to know your thoughts on his books.

    Regarding the “Orbis Terrarum Challenge”..the list looks impressive.. I have read some of them and have liked the,.. One book I did not finish was “Life of a pi”, I guess I never understand the book.

    as for as suggestions.. I would suggest you Tuesday’s with Morrie..I liked it a lot..

  2. Nice list, Priya. I too would like to take up this. Let’s see. Time is a big factor.

  3. Hello! Reached this place while bloghopping, and am now very dilligently digging into the archives!
    About the above mentioned challenge, seems a very interesting concept, and I think i should take it up too, especially since that would ensure I read all that has been bought and not touched! πŸ™‚

  4. priyaiyer


    no wonder you havnt heard of whitney gaskell! shes a writer of girlie books. πŸ˜€

    hav got tuesdays with morrie, but somehow never got around to reading it. will do so soon.

    the books i am planning to read are a bit different than what i read usually. hope i do this successfully. m planning to graduate to slightly ‘heavier’ books next time, once i am done with this. btw, u taking this up?


    thanks. do take it up. would be fun. πŸ™‚

    time is a factor for me too. 😦


    hey! welcome here! do let me know if you decide to take up the challenge. would love to hav someone to do it with, and it would be fun sharing opinions. πŸ™‚

  5. priyaiyer


    cool. so what books ya gonna read?

  6. wow, the one thing I have always admired about you is that you make time for activities that you love – blogging, reading and having fun in the office with friends (all these noticed because of the stuff you write in the blog)
    And, ‘making time’ for one’s interest is the TOUGHEST thing to do in life..

  7. priyaiyer


    hey! welcome to up! πŸ™‚

    thanks! πŸ˜€


    thanks! πŸ™‚ i do try to make time for reading atleast out of my schedule, though having fun with friends is now a thing of the past… :(( ya, it is indeed one of the toughest things in life. but an hour or two to myself, strictly to myself and for my interests, is like therapy for me. it leaves me rejuvenated. i need that time, so i make sure that i have it as far as possible. πŸ™‚

  8. Veens


    I like this!

    i m game!

    So I have completed one of the books lol!

    By Paulo Coleho!! yipee!

    called Witch of Portebello! so nw i have 8 more to go!

    thanks for letting me knw πŸ˜€

    it is challenging but wud be fun i m sure!

  9. priyaiyer


    good. i m sure it will be fun. welcome aboard. πŸ™‚

    waise toh, i hav completed most of the challenge. u hav to begin afresh. books completed earlier do not count. πŸ˜€

  10. `ve put up my plan in my blog priya.

  11. priyaiyer


    good list. try mitch albom’s ‘the five people you meet in heaven’ or ‘tuesdays with morrie’, ‘gitanjali’ by tagore. they’re real good, though i havent completely read all of them.

  12. me

    Nice list man… So happy that you picked it up. I have my list lying with me… Probably Kite Runner, being the only common book. Siddartha – awesome book. I loved it.. The bridge Across Forever – definitely a beautiful romantic ( if u wanna call it so) novel… Happy reading. Hope you enjoy every bit of it

  13. I’m in! The list is on my web-page! We have one title in common, though there are some common authors. All the best!

  14. priyaiyer


    hey, wheres ur list? would love to see it. πŸ™‚ and ya, thanks once again for informing me, so that i could grab this opportunity. πŸ™‚

    i m waiting to delve once again and explore bach and others i hav never read before. i hope i enjoy every bit of it too. πŸ™‚


    welcome aboard. and welcome again to up! πŸ™‚
    all the best to you too. i am off to check out your list. πŸ™‚

  15. if you haven’t already… you can consider Librarything for online catalog

    if you browse thru review you will find few books interesting enough to add to your list..

    good read..

  16. priyaiyer


    hey! welcome back here! πŸ™‚

    thnks for the link. will sure check out.

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  19. Priya,

    Can you beat this guy .. around the world in 100 books..


    by the way, I am quite near him.

  20. priyaiyer


    hey! welcome here! thnks for the link. πŸ™‚

    congo! i m only a chota bibliophile as compared to you guys…

  21. me done with my 2nd book of tara rum pum challenge..
    Book read experience in my other blog..

  22. priyaiyer


    good going!!!

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