The problem with setting a goal, is that you get focused on achieving that goal.
That sounds silly, but hear me out.
You get focused on achieving the measurable accomplishment of that goal, without thinking about why you set the goal in the first place.
In 2013 I set myself a 50 book challenge – read at least 50 books that I had not read before (I had a long commute, which helps). However, I found myself reading books that were short or easy, particularly when it came to persisting with a series, because I knew it would help me to get my total up.
This year I have challenged myself to read at least 24 books (2 per month) that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise, and that have been specifically recommended. I can also read other books in between, but the aim here is for quality, not quantity.
Boo #1 is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – more commonly known as “the girl who got shot by the Taliban”.
The book takes us through the recent history of her area of Pakistan, as it affects and is seen by her immediate family. It’s not clear how much she was fully aware of at the time and how much is reconstructed through conversations with her father (a remarkable man in himself) but it is clear that Malala has always been treated as and considered to be wise and understanding beyond her years.
I would have liked more personal comments from Malala herself, more of the “pink is my favourite colour” and “I quarrelled with my friend”, but I can see why she would prefer to be reserved with her private life, when so much of her life has become public.
Recommended as history and politics more than biography, but I have no doubt that there will be plenty to put into a future second volume.