Goal complete – Successfully read 12 books in 2011

bhamla list of book 2011 goal

So, beginning of 2011, I had set a goal of reading 12 books – one for every month. And I managed to achieve that goal.

When I was telling a friend that I had a goal of reading 12 books, she laughed at me. She couldn’t get why this would be such a big deal. But for me, it was.

I remember being a voracious reader when I was a kid. When we’d go to a mall for shopping, my mom would just leave me in a bookstore and she’d find me sitting on the floor still reading when she would return, hours later.

And then IITJee happened. That took three precious years of life. Followed by four years of undergrad at IIT – I think I read like a whole of ten book from 2005 to 2010. Sigh. What a shame.

Hence, the goal.

Personally, I prefer autobiographies. IMO, they are the best source to learn about awesome people and what makes them tick. Because life is too short to make all these mistakes by myself. Must learn from others. From super awesome others.

In case you would like some recommendations from the above books, start with Lance Armstrong’s Tour De Force. It’s one of my personal favourites. Followed by Born to Run. And then Fermat’s Last theorem.

For 2012, my goal is to read twelve books again. Uh oh, January is almost done and I haven’t even gotten started.

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P.S. – My secret hope is that one day, I’ll be able to convert these blog posts into my autobiography. How cool would that be. It’ll be so difficult to remember all these tiny details. But if I regularly post, then I shall have no problem thirty years from now. Yep, I’m giving myself thirty years to become a somebody. From a nobody.

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8 Responses to “Goal complete – Successfully read 12 books in 2011”

  1. Nick January 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Games people play = one of the best books ever.
    Its like Freud + Checkers

    • Saad Bhamla January 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      I know. It was super cool. Gives you so much insight into how we behave. I really liked the relationships section 🙂

      Do you have any recommendations for me this year boss?

      • Nick February 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

        You would like “The 4 hour Workweek”

        • Saad Bhamla February 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

          Yeah, Glimpsed through it. For some reason, not a big fan. Perhaps, should revisit.

  2. Ludwig January 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm #


    Gives you so much insight into how we behave. 

    If you’re into this sort of thing, read “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely (behavioral economist – http://danariely.com/). Quite a read.

    • Saad Bhamla January 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      Ooh okay. Will check it out. 
      So, I’m guessing you came back alive from Sudan 🙂

      • Ludwig January 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

        You guess correctly, young Paduan. However, I am off to Chhattisgarh today, which is a whole lot more risky proposition, I think!

  3. Surbhi January 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    You might want to check out “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell, in case you haven’t already. Presents an interesting insight into dynamics of spontaneous decision making.
    Borrowing a couple of names from your list for my to-read list 🙂