In my last post, I mentioned some books that I came across and skimmed through pages. They were on my reading list, as well.

Recently, for valid reasons, I thought it would be nice to get the hardcopy of some books that I like - even of those which were not in my reading list. Ebooks are getting a little uneasier for my eyes, and I don’t have any plans to buy a kindle. Although the amount that has been spent, it feels like adding some more money to purchase kindle might have been a decent choice.

The books that were in the reading list -

  • Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Brothers KaramazovFyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The IdiotFyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini
  • The 48 Laws of PowerRobert Greene
  • The CastleFranz Kafka
  • War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy
  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the PrisonMichel Foucault

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is one of my favourite writers, so I kept him on top of the priority list. Even though I’ve not read his books from page to page, I do have watched countless videos on him and his work, have read hundreds of quotes from this books, and memorized a couple of them. As of now, I bought The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, and Crime and Punishment.

Coming to Franz Kafka - since his books are not heavy, I decided not to buy them. I had already read Metamorphosis using my phone, so I’m sticking to ebooks for his works. I genuinely liked Metamorphosis, so, in future, I might purchase it to keep it on my table.

Update: After some back-and-forth, I ordered Metamorphosis. I feel like a hypocrite now.

The next book that I bought is War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy after accidentally stumbling upon a video by TED-Ed - Why Should You Read Tolstoy’s War and Peace?. To reduce the further risk of boredom, I watched a review, as well.

George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm comes under the section of my favorite books. Being read both of them once, I decided to buy them without any hesitation.

What’s next?

In 2018, I heard about Friedrich Nietzsche, and since then, I’ve been thinking about reading his books. I did read Beyond Good and Evil, but I hardly remember anything. My fresh understanding regarding Nietzsche’s philosophy didn’t help me to get to know anything beyond his words. In 2019, I read BGE again, but I understood some of it.

This time, with a little bit of familiarity with philosophy and some understanding of Nietzsche’s work, I’m giving myself another chance to read his books. It is one of the reasons I bought Beyond Good & Evil and Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Recently, I even started reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but kept it aside as I thought it would be decent to follow the right order to read Nietzsche, which is -

  • The Antichrist
  • The Twilight of the Idols
  • The Genealogy of Morals
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  • The Gay Science
  • The Dawn of Day
  • Humans, All Too Human

Again, I’m skipping The Antichrist, The Twilight of the Idols, The Genealogy of Morals as I’m genuinely interested in reading Beyond Good and Evil.

Coming to Albert Camus, who is one of my favorite philosophers.

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee? But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
― Albert Camus, A Happy Death

After reading that quote, I was genuinely surprised. I wanted to understand what the writer has to say. I had no reason to interpret it in my way.

One of the things that I’ve learned in 2019 is when you read something, keep your interpretation aside for the sake of prevention against the absurd relation with your situations and thoughts with what you’re reading. I don’t want to go into the details, but I might write about it in the upcoming days as to why I don’t relate to what I read. Reading does not mean creating a void for yourself.

Important : While reading A Happy Death, I couldn’t find that quote which made me read Camus. It’s surprising as the quote is available on Goodreads. If there’s a criterion regarding the authentication of quote submission, I’m not aware of it. However, the availability of the false quote does show the flaw of Goodreads’ quote submission process.

In 2019, I was aware of who Camus is, but I never really read any of his books. During the lockdown, after wasting half of the month, I thought it would be nice if I read something, I picked The Myth of Sisyphus out of nowhere. Later, I read The Stranger, The Fall, and The Plague.

Why did I buy The Myth of Sisyphus? I genuinely like the book. There’s no other reason.

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin is something that I need to read again and again. That’s why I purchased it, as well. I’m highly interested in evolutionary biology, and this book lays the foundation of it. I don’t understand how humans are the product of god’s creation. Honestly, it does not make any sense, at all.

I’m not an atheist, theist, or agnostic. I genuinely don’t like to put tags or labels on myself. I might write about the reason for it soon.

Coming to The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. I haven’t read much of the pages of this book, but I’m curious about the complexities that dreams carry. If the dreams are meaningful and have something to do with us, sensibly, I need to understand what they bring on the table. One of the reasons I bought this book is that my dreams are absolutely weird. I remember the time when I used to wake up at a specific time, drenched in sweat, no matter when I fell asleep.

I use an app called “Dream Catcher”, where I try to write what I remember from the cinema of sleep.

I haven’t read The Politics by Aristotle, Prophet by Khalil Gibran and Why I’m an Atheist and Other Essays by Bhagat Singh, but I found them interesting. On the other hand, they were not costly, at all, so I didn’t have to think much whether I should purchase them or not.

For now, I’m not buying Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault, The Castle by Franz Kafka, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene