09 What are you reading this summer? - Fr Joshan Rodrigues

posted May 16, 2019, 3:26 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 16, 2019, 3:26 AM ]
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one." – George R.R. Martin. The deep penetration of digital technology into our lives had prompted many to prophesy the demise of paperbacks and hand-held books with the passage of time. Surprisingly though, books refuse to walk into the sunset, instead growing even more popular with the i-Generation. This is evident from the large number of bookstores dotting our city, filled with youngsters crouching over a book with a cup of latte. The number of books being published has only increased over time, ironically because digital writing tools and software have made writing and reading accessible to the larger populace. "This young generation does not read!" is largely a myth, as I discovered while talking to young people, in the process of putting together this list.

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, whether you are on the sandy beaches of Goa, chilling at a resort outside the city limits, or still commuting to and fro from work by train. For those who drive, audio books are a great option. Here's a list of some great books recommended by The Examiner readers. If you're planning to pick up a book but can't make up your mind, you can begin with one of these. Do let us know what you are reading by leaving us a message on our Facebook page - 'The Examiner Catholic Newsweekly' @theexaminermumbai.

Millennium (by Ian Mortimer)

History's greatest tour guide, Ian Mortimer, takes us on an eye-opening and expansive journey through the last millennium of human innovation. In Millennium, bestselling historian Ian Mortimer takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the last ten centuries of Western history. It is a journey into a past vividly brought to life and bursting with ideas, that pits one century against another, in his quest to measure which century saw the greatest change.

We journey from a time when there was a fair chance of your village being burned to the ground by invaders — and dried human dung was a recommended cure for cancer — to a world in which explorers sailed into the unknown, and civilisations came into conflict with each other on an epic scale. Here is a story of godly scientists, fearless adventurers, cold-hearted entrepreneurs, and strong-minded women — a story of discovery, invention, revolution, and cataclysmic shifts in perspective.

Millennium is a journey into the past like no other. Our understanding of human development will never be the same again, and the lessons we learn along the way are profound ones for us all.

Elsa D'Silva, Andheri

Word by Word (by Kory Stamper)

While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography—from the agonising decisions about what and how to define, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define (have you ever tried to define 'is'?), how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. Throughout, Stamper brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster—a world inhabited by quirky, erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. A sure delight for all lovers of words, Word by Word might also quietly improve readers' grasp and use of the English language.

Runcil Rebello, Bhayandar

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