Here’s my plan: I’m going to read 25 books in 2010. I know this probably doesn’t sound like a lot, but it works out to about a book every 2 weeks. Given that I will be working, going to school, and have other ‘everyday’ obligations this may be tougher than it first appears.
The idea came to me when I read that the Booker Prize judges have to read 100 books in about 100 days, which is about a book a day. There’s no way i could do that. But I thought I could do 50 books in a year. But after compiling a book list, and seriously thinking about it, I thought that would be a tad overzealous as well. So I decided to widdle the list to 25 and this is what I have come up with:
|The Picture of Dorian Gray
|Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
|The Scarlet Letter
William S. Burroughs
|Three Men in a Boat
Jerome K. Jerome
|All The Names
|The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
|The Handmaid’s Tale
|The Turn of the Screw
Miguel de Cervantes
|As I Lay Dying
|A Farewell to Arms
Henry David Thoreau
|Briefing for a Descent into Hell
(Note: Titles with a line through them,like this, have been read. Click on the title to read my exciting review.)
My criteria for choosing the list was simple. It had to be a book I’ve never read before. It had to have some sort of import in the history of literature. And it had to be something I wanted to read. I realize this one is a bit subjective, but I figured if I didn’t keep my interest up then I wouldn’t get through them.
As I go I will keep a reading journal. It will include: my progress, thoughts on the current book, and other things that may be happening at the time.
I will try to keep it interesting for those reading my entries.
Anyway, here’s to 2010. Happy reading.
*To go to the 25 in 2010 archive, click here.