Adventures in Art, Motherhood and Inspirations

Making resolutions and actually following them!

I made a resolution in October 2011 (new year resolutions were not working so I thought I’ll try it at an odd time). Surprisingly, it’s been working great. I went through a few lists of “100 books to read before you die” and made myself a list of, well, 250 books. The lists were all just so tempting, I couldn’t resist adding most of it. So I made a resolution to complete atleast one book a month.

It’s been 18 months since and here goes my list of  “read so far and I’m not about to die soon” 😉

  1. Lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (three books, let’s just consider that as one)
  2. The hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Yeah I was getting hooked by then)
  3. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Unfinished Tales and the History of Middle Earth (The above 2 books were not in my list but I just had to read every book about middle earth that I could get my hands on. And these I finished before the end of 2011)
  5. Emma by Jane Austen (This was my second Austen novel)
  6. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee (Such a beauty this novel is)
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (This I greatly regret reading. Still I have since watched 3 different movies of the same title, just to find out if atleast one movie will make me feel better. One of the few “books that I hate but that wouldn’t stop me from reading again”)
  8. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (To say this book was funny is an understatement. There’s not many a novel that I have read that makes me laugh out loud. And yet, it was such a beautiful story)
  9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (How could I resist reading the sequel? A trip to the book shop was made on the same day that I finished reading Tom Sawyer)
  10. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  11. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  12. The count of Monte Cristo by Alexandra Dumas (I saw the movie a few years back and I thought I liked it. But after reading the book, I realize that no movie could ever do any justice to the novel)
  13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I believe I read it for the third time then. I could never get tired of Ms. Austen)
  14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K.Rowling
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.Rowling
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling
  19. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling
  20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling (The whole series was completed in about 3 weeks. And by then it was October 2012 and I was pretty ahead in schedule)
  21. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Well, by now it was 1 year since I read it the first time, so it’s worth reading again)
  23. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K.Rowling (No, this is not a mistake. I really did read it again)
  24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
  25. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling
  26. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.Rowling
  27. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling
  28. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling
  29. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling (It was not a year since I read last, but it was still worth it)
  30. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  31. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Almost) (By the time I had finished part 1, I lost interest and haven’t finished reading yet)
  32. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  33. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  34. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  35. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  36. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Fourth time)

Well, 36 (actually 26 because I repeated 10 books in the same year) books in 18 months (including such heavy works as Lord of the Rings, Anna Karenina and The Count of Monte Cristo) is not a bad count, is it? I’m still not sure that I have completed the list. There must be some book that I don’t remember now. I haven’t kept up with the list after having made it, but I now find out that I’m at 22/254. It’s been a pretty satisfying experience.



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