And the countdown begins - #BrunchBookChallenge

  • Saudamini Jain, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2014 17:26 IST


There are just 100 days left in 2014. And 100 days is all you need to devour 24 books. Do the math: if you start now, you still have four full days to finish reading each book. Last year, Brunch showed you how to read more. Here’s advice on how to reach your goal:

* Read books you want to read: Because not everyone really wants to read Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time aka “the most unread book of all time.” Instead, if you like the sound of the trashiest book of the century, read it anyway.

* If you don’t fall in love with it within the first 90 pages, drop it: Because you have the rest of your life to revisit the book that got away.

* Start with a series: Even a fat one, like George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire aka those Game of Thrones books, won’t take long if you read the books feverishly one after the other (You may want to follow it up with a few novellas. Quick recommendation: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote).

* Read classics or newly released books: The incentive, of course, is that next time people are talking about it, you’ll have something to add.

Also read: How to pretend to be a lit pro

The best books on the #BrunchBookChallenge this month – a shoutout to you guys!

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Read by @Dsenti_mental

The gist:
Phonetics professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train Eliza Doolittle (a bedraggled flower girl) to pass for a duchess at a London society party. This play inspired the musical My Fair Lady, which inspired the 1964 Audrey Hepburn film of the same name.

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Read by @tijilthakur

The gist:
This 1887 detective novel is where Doyle introduced the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr John Watson.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Read by @suruchiZymon

The gist:
In 1959, a wealthy farmer and his family were murdered in Holcomb, Kansas – for a mere 40 dollars. Capote interviewed locals, investigators and the killers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith for this non-fiction novel, an account of the murders and the murderers.

Honour by Elif Shafak

Read by @ChitraAhanthem

The gist:
Twin girls born in a small Kurdish village – one goes on to live in London in the 1970s, to be killed in the name of honour by her son. The other travels through West Asia, as a midwife.

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Read by @vishaldtu

The gist:
Literally, family matters, those of a middle-class Parsi family in Bombay across three generations.

From HT Brunch, September 21
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