What really happens when you do not have a single piece of work to bother you, other than the obvious tasks of eating, sleeping and maintaining your personal hygiene? When you are so bored (to the ultimate) that you keep begging your mother to allow you in the kitchen so that a little bit of daily chores and cooking can make you feel enormously useful. Well, boredom and joblessness drove me to such madness that I decided to give myself a pretty daring and, might I say, dangerous challenge.
I compelled myself in the month of August to finish one book in one whole day and then move on to another book the following morning. Seemed pretty impossible to me at first, although I am a very fast reader. But that is what this was about, to challenge myself to do something that I would not be doing when I was burdened with work pressure.
When I told about this to my friends and fellow bibliophiles, they were hesitant about the idea. They had their reasons and I definitely had mine.
Initially, I took up this challenge as a one month challenge. I had planned to complete 30 books in a total of 30 days but I only survived for half the stipulated time and, may I say, it was one of the best few 15 days of my life.
Have you heard the stories of sailors who could travel the world on their beautiful ships and live a great adventure consisting of little epic stories? Well my life was something like that during those 15 days. I felt like an adventurer who could hop from one majestic experience to another without shifting from my reading corner.
Now if you are wondering what were the books that gave me such pleasures, then here they are.
Day 1 : Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Day 2 : We were Liars by E. Lockhart
Day 3 : The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Day 4 : The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Day 5 : Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Day 6 : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Day 7 : Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Day 8 : Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Day 9 : A Series of Unfortunate Events- Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Day 10 : Looking for Alaska by John Green
Day 11 : The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
Day 12 : Matilda by Roald Dahl
Day 13 : The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Day 14 : Paper Towns by John Green
Day 15 : A French Girl on the Prairie by Fred Pirat
In the coming week, I will be writing to you all describing how these books made me feel and suggesting the books that you should definitely not miss. More reviews coming up so stay tuned.
I would love to hear what you guys think about this challenge and what books you would have read if you had just one day to read.
Till then, happy reading!