I’ve just had a good reading year so far. Although, to be fair, it’s gone up because I was traveling in the beginning of the year, and also that, I’ve been consumed by Children’s books, which naturally, I never read as a child. I love them. They’re great relaxers when I am tired of writing. It’s like coloring. Makes you feel better. Here’s my 2016 book list so far. Share yours and tell me what else I can pick! 🙂
My 2016 Book List Party!
A group of a girls I know from centuries ago in college started with a book game. Every month we pass on 1 book to the person next to us (in our sophisticated Google list). And we read books recommended by others. I like recommendations by others just because it forces me to go outside my usual comfort zone. Although, I don’t really have a favorite genre, if you look at the list I’ve had for the beginning of the year till March so far.
My 2016 Book List
- The power of visual storytelling : how to use visuals, videos, and social media to market your brand , Ekaterina Walter – I think I expect more from books like these considering this is my daily job. But for a beginner it’s a good book with sufficient detailing. I just found the book itself less visually simulating, considering that’s the topic they’re dealing with
- Everybody writes, Ann Handley- While I’ve been writing for a while and do believe that I am improving, I think this book was still helpful in building my energy and enthusiasm as a writer. Ann does a good job of telling us, how everyone (including those writing long emails) is in fact a writer. I liked feeling that.
- The elements of persuasion : use storytelling to pitch better, sell faster & win more business, Richard Maxwell- It started as a very well researched book, which I liked. There were plenty of good references, studies and generally interesting stuff. But I just found it more theory than actual, relatable advice, but that could just be me. I prefer a mix between absolute faff and hands-on material. Anything focused only on the extremes is not very exciting to read all the way through.
- The power of personal storytelling : spinning tales to connect with others, Jack Maguire- I liked the questions the book asks forcing you to think after every chapter, but I didn’t really enjoy the book as a whole. Maybe by this time I had an overdose of storytelling as well.
- Anna Karenina : a fashion primer, Jennifer Adams- It’s the most beautifully illustrated book I’ve read in a while. Was so much fun. I really wanted to draw and was mighty inspired. What a great idea / way to introduce classics to kids!
- Web design for babies, John C Varden-Huevel- Meh. I mean I was not excited by this and I didn’t really think it was for babies at all. I don’t think I’ll ever write web code so simple that babies understand, but I just thought that the book set me up for that. I didn’t think it was simplified or made magical enough. I wanted to see what they really do different for kids and was disappointed.
- Persepolis : the story of a childhood, Marjane Satrapi- She’s the best author I’ve read in this year. The story of childhood is just what I needed to think through mine. Such wonderful and amazing style. I loved it.
Persepolis 2 : the story of return, Marjane Satrapi- I love how open she is. I mean, I don’t know if I could ever reach that level of transparency without overwhelming others with too much information. And what amazing restraint as a writer. I had to finish the series.
- Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi- By this point, you clearly know that Satrapi was getting close to my who would you like to invite for dinner list. Only that, I need to find a recipe for Chicken with plums, still 🙂
- Disappearing Desmond, Anna Alter- It hit me so deeply because I grew up as such a shy, non-aggressive kid for the most part. I really fell-ed in love with Desmond.
- Orani : my father’s village, Claire Nivola- Such great illustrations and power of transporting you to another world. I was told that all her books are good, and I can’t wait to find out!
Idli, Orchid and Willpower, Vithal Venkatesh Kamat – I read the translation and it loses points automatically because the English is so cliched. I mean, not everyone is a Jhumpa Lahiri in Italian. I also found it deeply rooted in a world that I can’t relate to, including fixation with the mangalsutra and other kinds of inherent sexism and weirdness. It’s got its inspiring parts, but it’s not me.
- Sita, Devdutt Pattanaik- I am almost done with this and it does not disappoint. Such a wonderful retelling just like his earlier books. But I do maintain that the Pregnant King is still my favorite of the lot so far.
I am currently reading a few more children’s books and also Half of a Yellow Sun, which is a heavy lifter for the month from the book club. It was the only real book that I was keen on getting in my hands from the recommendations of the girls’ club. More on it soonly!
Over to you, what’s on your 2016 book list so far? 🙂