2016 Reading Challenge: January!

I usually don’t make the resolutions for a new year. I’m am more type of the person who likes to do the things as they occur to my mind, many times resolution remains just resolution, they do not become accomplishments. so it’s always better to do the things as they come to us. there are many people who used to interested in reading in their young age but as they become little older they start losing interesting in reading but for me things are just opposite. my interest for books is continuously increasing as my age progresses.

I have not been interested in books from my childhood. in fact, I did not get the much chance to plunge into the world of books but after coming to college, I got enough time and facilities to access books so here I became interested in books and made a start in my second year of graduation. I have also made an account on Goodreads. this is such a good place for book lovers which helps us to find the books of our interest in a better way, with the help of help of Goodreads itself I came to know about the reading challenge held there. this is a type of resolution. here reader picks a number for the books which he is gonna read throughout the next year.

it’s not about the competition with others but with ourselves which helps us to read more and, make us come to know what is our reading potentials. so likewise, I have taken the reading challenge for this year. by keeping my busy schedule for classes in mind, I think I can read one book per week so I took 50 books for this year’s reading challenge. I will be giving my monthly report of the challenge. this post is about the books I read in the month of January though I ‘m little late for the post so from next time I’ll try to do it on time. I have read 6 books in the last month which is 1 book more than the challenge schedule that makes me happy and I’ll try to keep the same progress throughout the whole year. there is little information about the books I have read.

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THE DOUBLE: By Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Double, Dostoevsky’s second published work of fiction, which foreshadows in its themes many of his mature novels, is the surreal and hallucinatory tale of an unfortunate anti-hero, at once chilling in its deception of the dark sides of human nature exuberantly comical.
This is the story of a clerk, namely Golyadkin, constantly refuted from the social circles he aspires to frequent, is confronted by the sudden appearance of his double, a more brazen, confident and socially successful version of himself, who abuses and victimizes the original.as he is increasingly persecuted, golyadkin finds his social, romantic and professional life unravelling, in a spiral that leads to a catastrophic denouncement.

POOR PEOPLE: By Fyodor Dostoevsky
this is the very first full-length fictional work of Dostoevsky, a poignant, a tragi-comic tale which forshadows the greatness of his later novels. The novel is presented as a series of letters between the humble copying clerk Devushkin and a distant relative of his, the young Varenka. It brings to the fore the underclass of St Petersburg, who live at the margins of society in the most appaling conditions and abject poverty. As Devushkin tries to help Varenka improve her plighT by selling anything he can, he is reduced to even more desprate circumstances and seeks refuge in alcohol, looking on helplessly as the object of his impossible love is taken away from him.


THE GAMBLER: By Fyodor Dostoevsky
inspired by Dostoevsky’s own gambling addiction and written under pressure in order to pay off his creditors and retain his right to his literary legacy, the gambler is set in the casino of the fictional German Spa town of Roulettenburg and follows the misfortunes of the young tutor Alexi Ivanovich. As he succumbs to the temptations of the Roulette table, he finds himself engaged in a battle of wills with Pollina, the woman he unrequitedly loved.
with an unforgettable cast of fellow gamblers and figures from European high society, this darkly comic novel of greed and self-destruction reveals Dostoevsky at his satirical and psychological best.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the son of a little-educated boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, had an unparalleled career as a defence scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. As chief of the country’s defence research and development programme, Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovation that existed in seemingly moribund research establishments. This is the story of Kalam’s rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles,

as well as the story of Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag missiles that have become household names in India and that have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning. This is also the saga of independent India’s struggle for technological self-sufficiency and defensive autonomy-a story as much about politics, domestic and international, as it is about science.

The Eternal Husband and Other Stories brings together five of Dostoevsky’s short masterpieces rendered into English by two of the most celebrated Dostoevsky translators of our time. Filled with many of the themes and concerns central to his great novels, these short works display the full range of Dostoevsky’s genius. The centerpiece of this collection, the short novel The Eternal Husband, describes the almost surreal meeting of a cuckolded widower and his dead wife’s lover.

Dostoevsky’s dark brilliance and satiric vision infuse the other four tales with all-too-human characters, including a government official who shows up uninvited at an underling’s wedding to prove his humanity; a self-deceiving narrator who struggles futilely to understand his wife’s suicide; and a hack writer who attends a funeral and ends up talking with the dead.

The Eternal Husband and Other Stories is sterling Dostoevsky—a collection of emotional power and uncompromising insight into the human condition.

THE DEMONS: By Fyodor Dostoevsky
Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a “novel-pamphlet” in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre-revolutionary Russia.


2 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge: January!

    1. Thank you so much, dear Pam!
      yeah, it’s bit challenging so i need to be committed to this.
      wish you too all the best for the challenge and i’m interested in your readings if you could share 🙂

      have a nice day!
      love and light, Vikram 🙂


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