One Day a Book

The holiday has finally arrived! (Yeah, tell me about that.)

Since my jobs still occupy me as much as they did beforehand, holiday only changes my ‘weekdays’ and ‘weekends’ into one label of ‘weekdays’. The holiday makes no difference on the practical level, thus I decided to make my own project–or I should say target–so that the upcoming months would actually be filled with some fun and not mere works.


“You see, books fill the empty spaces. If I’m waiting for a bus, or when I’m eating alone, I can always rely on a book to keep me company. Sometimes I think I like them even more than people.” –Marc Acito

Out of the blue, I got an idea to have One Day A Book (although it does sound weird, compared to the usual form of One Book A Day, I guess I just want to have it that way). The basic concept is to have circadian reading on one paperback per day during 31 days of the whole July (or, August, if I can’t make it early), which is preferably 1) fiction, 2) 100-200 paged, and 3) any genre is acceptable.

So I throw the idea to Twitter, and I was so delighted to see that most of my friends are amazing readers! Here goes the already arranged list of books that they recommended:

  1. Catcher in the Rye – J.D.Salinger
  2. Franny and Zooey – J.D.Salinger
  3. Essays in Love – Alaine de Botton
  4. Blindness – Saramago
  5. Eragon – Paolini
  6. Lolita – Nabokov
  7. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  8. Doctors – Erich Segal
  9. The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  10. Kafka On The Shore – Haruki Murakami
  11. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  12. Perks of Bing a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  13. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  14. The Solomon’s Ring
  15. Twenty Love Poems and Song of Despair
  16. The United Burger States of America
  17. The Gulag Archipelago
  18. Never Let Me Go
  19. Panggil Aku Kartini Saja
  20. Manjali and Cakrabirawa
  21. The Little Prince
  22. God Explains in A Taxi Ride
  23. Life is Good If We Don’t Weaken
  24. Howards End and A Room With a View – E. M. Forster’s
  25. Siddhartha
  26. The Stranger/The Outsider
  27. Homage To Catalonia
  28. 1984
  29. Dr.Zhivago
  30. San Fransisco Blues
  31. On The Road
  32. Stone Woman
  33. Le Fleurs de Mal
  34. The Grand Design
  35. Sofie’s Verden – Jostein Gaarder
  36. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  37. Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
  38. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  39. Tipping Points, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw – All Malcom Gladwell’s
  40. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  41. Art of War – Sun Tzu
  42. Arthashastra – Kautilya
  43. Annie On My Mind – Nancy Garden
  44. The First Men On The Moon – H. G. Wells
  45. The Lost Symbol, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Deception Point, Digital Forters – All Dan Brown’s
  46. Brave New World Revisited – Aldous Huxley
  47. History of Love – Nicole Krauss
  48. Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
  49. Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  51. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

The underlined titles are read already, but surely there are many of them left to explore! So yes, challenge-accepters are all welcome (some people actually mentioned me saying that they would also do One Day A Book).

The next obstacle might be on how we’re gonna find those books. Well, some people informed me that both Pasar Festival and Blok M possess decent secondhand bookstores, so there might be treasures that we can find there. Or, is always there for you who appreciate writers yet do not possess that much of capital to afford the printed version.

Believe me, every good writer was formerly a good reader–actually, many of them still visit the library from time to time. I’ll suggest you to never take advices from professional writers–or anyone else–on how to become a good writer, because it will never work. The only way to get there is by taking extensive readings and find your own style.

That’s how truly great writers really do it.


One Comment

  1. halo, Afu. from the list of recommended books above, which ones do you have in ebook? mind to share it to me? hehe. :D


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