“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green
At the beginning of the year, I had set a target of 180 books for 2022, just to level up my previous two years of reading goals on Goodreads. Pretty soon, the task of keeping myself on track started hampering my joy of reading. I was more stressed about catching up on my goals than focusing on reading good books. And even lesser on making myself happy with something that was the surest and simplest way to bring a smile to my face. I was quick to realize how toxic this trait was and immediately sought to put an end to it. I changed my target from 180 to 145 and stopped worrying about whether I was keeping on track or not. Having said that, I do want to point out that it’s all good so far because I checked it while writing this post (old habits die hard I guess, right?)
So, I’m 60+ books down and of course, I have read some great ones, some good ones, some not-so-good ones, and some really bad ones in the year so far. Keeping in with the feeling of happiness that we seek while reading, let’s focus only on the great ones. From these 60, I have listed down my favorite 11. I tried going with single digits, but that was becoming another stressful job so I went with 11.
Cutting to the chase, let’s get to these must-read books. I am listing them consecutively, in order of when I read them, meaning the oldest to the latest. Their numbering is not indicative of my preference or rating in any way.
1. Young Blood by Chandrima Das
2. An Unusual Honeymoon by Mamta Kashyap
3. The Chalkboard by Jyothi Seshan
4. Lynchpin by Siddharth Maheshwari
5. Towards the Last Wish by Drishti Dasgupta
6. What I Hate Most by Milan Vohra
7. Club You to Death by Anuja Chauhan
8. Of Closets and SKeletons and Other Crime Stories
9. Conversations by Rajeev Nanda
10. Seconds Later by Vani Kaushal
11. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I hope you’re able to pick one, more, or all of these books and I hope they bring you as much happiness as they did to me. See you in January 2023 with the next roundup of my yearly best.
Till then, keep reading (or doing whatever brings you the maximum happiness)
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