I thought it’d be fun to share with you what I’ve got on my reading dock (and at the end, I want you to share with me your summer reading list, too!). So the following are books I’m going to read—and if I really dig ’em, I’ll add them to my recommended list, too.
Welcome to my first ever blog post. *Drum rolls please* Classics, self-help, historical fiction, science, philosophy, and one picaresque novel are on my summer #reading list. How did I choose the #books?
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
““I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”
I recorded a podcast recently and the interviewer asked me if I had read Jane Eyre. Honestly, I haven't read fiction much in my life but I am trying to get out of my comfort zone and read as my fictional novels as I can. So, I took it as a challenge to read this one.
BTW, here's the link if you feel like listening to the podcast:
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
In 2019 when everything was rosy, my friend inspired me to use Masterclass. If you are not aware of what it is here's a brief: It is basically an educational platform where you can learn almost every skill from some of the best instructors in the world ranging from cooking to writing and what not. Check it out at https://www.masterclass.com/ .
I took a class from Malcolm Gladwell on writing and boi it was good! I wouldn't deny that I did not watch many classes after that but it did intrigue me to read his books and hence this book.
3. Beloved by Toni Morrison
Well, if you are lucky and you have friends pursuing their undergrad in English, you don't have to worry about reading classics. My friend gifted me this book after I finished reading 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker stating that I'd like this one too. We'll find out then...
4. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Does cosmology as a subject excites you?
I have been obsessing over all the Netflix series based on space exploration. On that note, have you watched 'Lost in Space' or 'Rick and Morty' on Netflix yet?
If you haven't and you enjoy space fiction, do give them a shot. Also on that note, 'Alien Worlds' is on my watchlist currently.
So, anyway I wanted to read more on theoretical cosmology and hence this book.
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I have heard so much about Huck Finn over the past years. Last month while scrolling trailers for classic movies on YT (I am a movie noob and haven't watched many movies over the past 5 years), I came across the trailer for this movie.
You should see it too- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4UJ-K_ax9I
Some more researching led me to realize how celebrated this book is and hence, I had to include this one. It is a Picaresque novel which basically describes the adventures of a rogue adventurer as he drifts from one social milieu to another in his effort to survive. I am definitely gonna watch the movie once I finish reading this one.
Have you ever been to a book market? I went to one in Delhi and hogged onto some more books judging a book by it's cover - Yeah, literally!
If you are in Delhi and want to visit the market, here you go: https://daryaganjsundaybookmarket.business.site/
6. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Did not judge this one by the cover! I have been following Simon on YT along with listening to some of his podcast interviews for a long time now and absolutely love his content. Hence, this book.
7. Life's Amazing Secrets by Gaur Gopal Das
Do you listen to 'The Ranveer Show'? I have binged so much on this podcast last year. The podcast has long form interviews with some of the most renowned personalities.
I listened to the episode with Gaur Gopal Das and it was such a gem and hence this book!
Okay, got these ones cause they had cool book covers!
8. The Archer by Paulo Coelho
Haven't read Coelho after school!
9. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Cause why not more Murakami!
10. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
And finally, I plan to immerse myself in this classic. Yeah yeah, judge me all you want but I haven't watched this movie yet and hence the book.
I'm really excited for my escape as I plunge myself into these reads. What do you recommend?