Samvidha Srinath shares her reading plans with us.
As 2022 was approaching, it was clear to me that I had not spent as much time reading as I usually would. 2021 was a very busy and hectic year for me – reading thirty pages for each of my subjects led me to not reading much outside of college. I then decided to set myself a goal of reading two books a month and in this article, I will be sharing some of the books that I plan to be reading this year.
Midnight Library – Matt Haig
This book tells the story of a parallel universe in the form of a library set between life and death. This particular library is filled with books with infinite possibilities of another life that you could have lived. Would you choose another life to undo your mistakes and regrets? The protagonist, Nora, is a woman who comes across this library after she loses the will to live and commits suicide. After landing in the library, she traverses across it to find out what makes life truly fulfilling.
Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro, writes about an artificial friend, who has a rather unusual yet spectacular way of observing things – it can see a flicker of sadness as someone passes by and only desires one thing: friendship. It eagerly waits for the customer who will adopt her. As the story progresses, Klara is warned not to get too involved with the humans.
Kazuo Ishiguro has a tendency to ask big philosophical questions in his works. In this one, he questions what it means to love and to be loved.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience -Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi
In this book, the author (who is a psychologist) explains what it means to be in the state of flow. In a common person’s terms, it means to be in ‘the zone’ or in other words, in a state of mind where you can create wonderful things with concentration as you enjoy life to its fullest.
Most of us believe that a state of flow comes to us randomly. However, the author strongly disagrees. He shows us the way in which we can create a state of flow regardless of the activity we are doing.
Show Your Work – Austin Kleon
Just as the title suggests, this book tells you how you can show your work. This book is aimed at people who want to have their name and their work out there in the wide world. The author shares ten ways how one can get discovered and provides his readers a set of rules to follow; some of which include the concept of creating something every day or at least on a regular basis and that you do not have to be an expert to create something or to give people advice.
When I watched a summary of this book, I realized that people are more interested in how you developed and improved. Sure, it is nice to take advice from an expert, but the journey to becoming an expert is much more fascinating since people can relate to you more easily.
This year, my goal is to venture into the genre of self-development. I wanted to try reading something new and that led me to choose these books. I hope I can inspire you to do the same.
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