I have always had a come-on towards books and I have always wanted to read as many as I can, but till today I haven’t been real-successful in taking time out of my otiosity, sit and read. This is going to be for the first time that I have made some resolutions for the New Year, and topmost resolution is reading at least 12 books, a book a month. Initially I had decided to set target of reading 10 books, then I thought to increase the list to 12, this might enable me to finish 10 at least J. Since I am more into non-fiction, so my list includes 2 autobiographies, 2 biographies, 4 histories and 3 fictions only, plus 1 general.
- No god but God by Reza Aslan: I would start with subject of my interest, Islamic History. Being a believing Muslim, I must know about my religion’s history, present and future.
- The Life of Muhammad (A translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah) by A. Guillaume: I have grown up listening to stories of the Prophet from elders, and only little I read about him in school. So this is going to be a detailed look into the prophet’s life.
- Pakistan at the Crosscurrent of History by Lawrence Ziring: History of Pakistan.
- Jinnah of Pakistan by Stanley Wolpert: A biography of the founder of Pakistan.
- In Other Rooms Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin: A collection of 8 interconnected short stories.
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These are few of the questions the books claims to answer.
- Daughter of the East: An Autobiography by Benazir Bhutto. Beautiful, charismatic, and the first and only woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state. Bhutto’s autobiography chronicles a life of strength, dedication, and courage in the face of adversity. This is the life story of one of the most prominent female politicians of the 20th century.
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez : This is going to be first novel from modern literature I shall be reading, the only novels I have read have been classics.
- The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong: Today which seem to be governed by reason and technology, fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion, and is considered a grave threat to modernity. ‘Why’ is the question addressed in this book.
- South Asia-A Historical Narrative by Mohammed Yunus & Aradhana Parmar: History of Subcontinent.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell: I have heard a lot about this great work by George Orwell, hope to enjoy it as much.
- Issues in Pakistan’s Economy by S. Akbar Zaidi: This book is about Pakistan’s economic history and political economy.
P.s. I am not going to read the books in the same order they are numbered here.