Today, @InderjitDeogun talks about why she is taking the #50BookPledge, books she recommends, Dracula, and much more:
Why did you sign up for the 50 Book Pledge?
I have always been an avid reader. I have lived and breathed books my whole life. However, this wasn’t the case last year. Life got in the way as it sometimes does and, unfortunately, reading for pleasure fell by the wayside.
So, when I came across the #50BookPledge on Twitter it immediately caught my attention. I admit that I was hesitant at first: Reading fifty books in a single year is not easy. However, that’s precisely why I signed up. I needed the challenge to get me reading again. The 50 Book Pledge was a promise to myself to make reading a priority in my life.
Now that I’ve started reading, I realize just how much I missed it. I’m devouring book after book unable to quench my insatiable hunger. To be honest, the 50 Book Pledge has created a monster in me. And I’m loving every minute of it!
The best book I’ve read so far is This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel. I think reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein beforehand was a stroke of genius on my part. I say this because with Frankenstein fresh in my mind I could spot Oppel’s brilliant nuances easily. Although the book is phenomenal from start to finish, the one thing that stands out more than any other is Oppel’s characterization of young Victor Frankenstein. Victor is as complex as a character can get. He doesn’t know who he is or what it is that drives him. The yin-yang quality that defines Victor’s struggle of self-discovery makes the reader both loathe him and root for him. This Dark Endeavour truly epitomizes the term page-turner.
What’s the one book you recommend to everyone?
The one book that I absolutely recommend to everyone is The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary opened my eyes, broke my heart and changed my world. I can honestly say that I’ll never look at a chimpanzee the same way again.
Westoll’s story of resilience and recovery is about both chimps and humans. While Fauna’s chimps are on the road to emotional, mental and physical recovery, Gloria Grow, her team and like-minded individuals are resilient in their determination to end the practice of medical testing on chimpanzees.
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is a call to action to join the fight for animal rights that simply cannot be ignored by you, me or anyone who dives into its pages.
What’s the one book you are excited to read this year?
The one book I’m most excited to read is Dracula by Bram Stoker. With Frankenstein now under my proverbial reading belt, it only seems logical that Dracula comes next. Stoker’s horror story is just one of a long list of classics that I have always wanted to read but never got the chance to.
What advice would you give to fellow readers on picking books for the 50 Book Pledge?
I have three pieces of advice for my fellow readers. First, read what you want to read. Don’t feel like you have to read what everyone else is reading. You can feel secure in the knowledge that no one is going to judge you. Second, don’t overlook a book because of its page count. You could be depriving yourself of an extraordinary read, even if it is 600 pages long. Finally, give yourself breathing room. You don’t need to have your 50 books mapped out from the get go. Leave your door wide open for great books to find you. Trust me they will.
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