After being stuck in a bit of a rut in terms of reading books, I ended up reading more books in 2019 than in previous years.
I read a lot of things online and this year I had to make a conscious effort at switching off from a screen and carry a book.
- Shivaji: The Grand Rebel by Dennis Kincaid
- Sapiens: Yuval Noah Harari
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
- An Era of Darkness by Sashhi Tharoor
- House of Shivaji by Jadunath Sarkar
- The public intellectual in India by Romila Thappar
- Homo Deus: Yuval Noah Harari
- The Free Voice by Ravish Kumar
- Manto: Selected stories – Sadat Hasan Manto (translation Aatish Taseer)
- Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Of the list Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is my favourite read in 2019. I would recommending reading it. I am glad I discovered it while listening to a Frontline podcast.
I got the entire collection of Asterix comic series. I read about 6-7 of them in 2019. The singular village in Gaul, standing up to the mighty Roman Empire of Julius Caesar has been a favourite since I was ten.
That said there are hardly any main female characters; and some of the story telling is a bit dated.
Some goals for 2020
I plan to (hope to) read 50 books this year! I also hope to write 52 posts this year (averaging one per week – I can see I am already 3 posts behind)