Recently I declared that as part of my resolution for 2009, I wasn't going to join ANY reading challenges. Of course, I did it again - I just signed up for a reading challenge for 2009. That will teach me to laugh at other bloggers signing up for challenges. (You know who you are. ;p)
I have always felt like I am ignorant about the world around, that I need to learn more, read more, see more. I need to read more widely on the important issues, history, culture, economics, current affairs. This seems like a good idea. Along the way, I will probably pick up some great recommendations on the books other participants are reading.
I think I will aim for the Major Level. I will commit to reading 5 books, from at least 3 of the different categories listed below:
- Worldwide Issues
The official World Citizen Challenge blog is up. So, pop over for a look-see.
Updated [13th February 2009] - My reading pool for the challenge:
- The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine, Yaroslav Trofimov
- City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa, Adam LeBor
- We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch
- The Great War for Civilization, Robert Fisk
- Pity the Nation, Robert Fisk
- The Place at the End of the World, Janine di Giovanni
- Madness Visible: A Memoir of War, Janine di Giovanni
- Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity, edited by Michael Lewis
- Banker to the Poor: The Story of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus with Alan Jolis
- The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson
- A History of the Middle East, Peter Mansfield
- Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, Rebecca Solnit
- Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein
- The World According to TomDispatch: America in the New Age of Empire, edited by Tom Engelhardt
- Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World, Paul Hawken
- Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey through Islamic Lands: A Son's Journey Through Islamic Lands, Aatish Taseer
- The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan
More titles to come.