It feels good to be telling you guys that I’m done with the Orbis Terrarum Challenge 2010. I’ve been taking up this Challenge for the last 3 years now, and it always amazes me with the new horizons it makes me explore.
These are the books I read for this year’s Challenge:
It would be wrong to say that I did not learn anything about other cultures through this Challenge, or that I did not have fun. I enjoyed reading each and every book out of this list. I do, however, notice that my reading choices have become weaker over the years. Most of these books are light reads, and not really indicators of the culture of the author’s country. And that pinches me, somewhere. I want to be true to the goal of the Challenge, and not be forced by lack of time, stress and the ups and downs of life to just read something for the sake of completing the Challenge. I am doubtful about reading for a Challenge henceforth. I’d rather read two books in a year, which really talk to me about a country’s culture. I don’t know if this makes sense to you guys, but that’s how I’ve been feeling.
I think, from 2011 onwards, I’ll be setting myself free in the world of reading. I’ll read the books I should be reading, unfettered. I’ll read just for the pleasure of reading. No offense meant to all those of you who host these brilliant Challenges – I have to be thankful to you guys for opening up a whole new world for me.
What do you think, guys? I would love to know your thoughts on this.