The other day, I came across this bibliophile, while reading an article, who felt her whole book shelf was stacked with English books.Soon,she realized, the stories of all were centered around India or other native English speaking countries.Inspite of having read a thousand or so books, she felt that she was familiar with only a part of the globe. This made her explore more authors and their works which have been translated to English. In a year, she was aware of the culture across the globe, had temporarily and virtually lived almost everywhere.
The idea seemed interesting to me.So,rather than reading the same authors, who every year, mark their spot in the ‘best-selling’ list, I decided to diversify my 2016 reading list. I try my best to finish reading at least a book a month(at which I failed in 2015),but this year, with a grit, I’ve begun again.
First in the list is a book authored by a Japanese,Hiroaki Murakami,which features in the best-selling list. ’Kafka on the shore’.
If you too have thought of reading something different, here’s a list of countries and their best-selling books.