It’s all very recent. It’s not because I did not like the book. It’s not that I’ve abandoned those books and I will never pick them up again. It was just because I felt too lazy to keep on reading.
I am making this list just to make myself feel “ashamed” about not being consistent with my reading so that I would perhaps read some of them. It is also to make a point that I should not start a new book unless I finish the one in hand. I know not all books are cover-to-cover read, but still I wish I could make it a more disciplined thing.
Here, the list:
- * Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It was a second read this time. I’ve read this years ago in Marathi translation. This time, I wanted to give it a fresh try.
- * The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
- * The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
- * The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Again, this was a second try. Last time, I had finished half of it. This time, it was just one chapter.
- * Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally. I started this after watching the movie. Later, I thought I should reading some standard book on this topic, so I left this one and picked up the next one.
- * The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. This was really going good. It’s about 2000 pages (including ~400 pages of notes and references. I had already finished 100+ pages when I left it.
- That’s it! I think I need to gather up myself and start doing one thing at a time.
- P.S. Plan of action for now is to start with the “Collected Stories” by Gabriel Garcia Marqez. Again, this I had started and left after reading one story (which was actually so good, about a boy who dies at the age of 3 and keeps on growing in his coffin etc). I’m not being able to finish a novel, I will try to finish a story at least.