Doomsday Reading List

What people wish to read on the eve of doomsday

Sohini Mitter
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 11:07:57 PM UTC

I am a student of life. My professional interests lie in reading and writing on consumer-oriented businesses, brands, media and entertainment. Personally, I see the world in portraits through the lens of my camera. Literature, history, politics and sports are my other major interests. Direct your feedback to

Last night I ran an impromptu poll on Twitter asking people:


This question sprang from my own thoughts on what I'd miss reading most if the Mayans were indeed right about the world ending on December 21, 2012 (that is today). Now that we've averted doomsday and the world is alive and kicking, we have time to look into the interesting responses (and some justifications as well) I received to my question.


After having received 40-odd responses in an hour, I spotted some trends. First, epics, religious books and ancient texts ruled the roost. Second, books falling in the metaphysical genre turned out to be popular on the eve of a potential doomsday. And last but not the least, barring one or two mentions, there was complete apathy towards classics and romantic novels of yore (something I enjoy reading a lot).

Meanwhile, if the world was ending, I'd be torn between re-reading two books: Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara and My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. Rabindranath Tagore's Gora missed out narrowly.

What would you be reading if doomsday was nigh? Drop in a comment!

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