Those who have been on wordpress for a while will know that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme which asks us to list 10 bookish things/books/characters according to the prompt.This week is about the 10 books I will take with me for the forthcoming summer vacations.
Well it’s currently winter in my country and it’s not about to end until August.Nonetheless here are the 10 books I am going to read during the following days and weeks.They are pretty short books so I think I will be able to read all of them in a little less than 2 months.
1.Quiet – Susan Cain
”At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from Van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.”
I saw this one while browsing through a list of self-help books on goodreads.The title struck me and when I read the blurb,I understood that it might be very enlightening to someone like me.It has been a New York Times best-seller for 88 weeks and is just as popular on Amazon!I have big expectations from it and hope it won’t disappoint.
2.Room – Emma Donoghue
”To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.”
The premise of this book is just as one would expect from any Booker Prize nominee.It is very original and arouses curiosity.It also gives the impression that it’ll be a very poignant story.My desire to read this book has been made greater when a fellow blogger told me it was superbly written and is a must-read.No need to say I expect much from it.
3.Wonder – R.J.Palacio
”August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”
I don’t know why but I find myself drawn to this book.I expect it to be a good little story.Nothing more.Nothing less.Even so I do have some reservations about it; someone told me that it might be overrated,just as The Fault in Our Stars massively is.
4.Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
”If Jorge Luis Borges had been a computer scientist, he probably would have invented hypertext and the World Wide Web. Instead, being a librarian and one of the world’s most widely read people, he became the leading practitioner of a densely layered imaginistic writing style that has been imitated throughout this century, but has no peer.”
I have this book at home.Borges is not someone who messes around with his writing,and I reckon that his short stories and essays might get me to another level of thinking.His writings can be incredibly deep,as I noticed while leafing through the book.I have no doubt that Labyrinths,which is a selection of his best short stories and essays,will be a masterpiece.The risk of disappointment depends merely on my ability to cope with the heaviness of the words.(Note: I don’t have this cover; I have the Penguin edition).
5.Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
”Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.”
I found this and ”Quiet” in the same list of self-help books.Like ”Quiet”,”Thinking, Fast and Slow” is a New York Times best-seller,and it has been so for many,many weeks.Kahneman is a Nobel Prize Winner for Economics and many say that his book is highly innovating.I will take a course of financial mathematics in the coming years, and I think I need books like Kahneman’s to broaden my mind and help me think out the box.However there is a debate over whether or not you can apply the teachings of this book in real life;I might totally love it,just as I might totally dislike it.
6.The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
”In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man’s futile search for meaning, unity, and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values.”
I learned about this essay while reading John Sutherland’s introduction for Franz Kafka’s The Castle.In reading it,I think I will appreciate Kafka’s last novel to a greater extent and will know more about existentialism,which,in a world devoid of God and meaning,seems to be the only sensible philosphosy.I have no doubt that this essay will change my outlook on life,as Camus’s writing draws heavily from Kafka’s.I bought it in French.
7.Metamorphosis and Other Stories – Franz Kafka
”No author produces a more claustrophobic, unsettling and exhilarating literary effect than Franz Kafka. The stories in this collection are equally disturbing and arresting, filled with breathtaking twists and reversals.”
After more than 7 months since I read his three novels,I am finally able to lay my hands on Kafka’s short stories.The reason for such a delay was my lack of funds to buy the Folio edition of the book,which I needed to complete my Folio collection of Kafka’s works.But with the advent of a mini-sale on Fiction novels,I have been able to buy it! I am a huge fan of Kafka and expect to be overwhelmed by his stories!
8.Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
”Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot.”
I’m currently awaiting its delivery.Like The Myth of Sisyphus,this play was mentioned by John Sutherland.I expect it to emphasise and satirise man’s reaction to the absence of a being who,he is sure,exists.Of course,I expect to see a similarity between believers and the characters of Beckett’s play.Well I’m very curious about it,to be honest.
9.The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
”A retired man named,Tony Webster, recalls how he and his clique met Adrian Finn at school and vowed to remain friends for life. When the past catches up with Tony, he reflects on the paths he and his friends have taken.”
A literature freak has been urging me to read this book for quite a while now! I initially planned to read it much later,but changed my mind when I realised that this book is a novella.It will be a quick read,and probably an unforgettable one,as tend to be all Booker Prize winners and nominees!
10.Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Anything – Kio Stark
”Here is a radical truth: school doesn’t have a monopoly on learning. More and more people are declining traditional education and college degrees. Instead they’re getting the knowledge, training, and inspiration they need outside of the classroom. Drawing on extensive research and over 100 interviews with independent learners, Kio Stark offers the ultimate guide to learning without school.”
The title caught my attention on Goodreads,because independent learning and thinking is exactly what I’m looking for.I hope I will learn a few things from and be inspired by it.