Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Reading In 2011


I'm taking a hint from some valued friends and taking my reading schedule for this year into the realm of SERIOUS.  It's not going to work for me this year to just haphazardly pick up whatever's on my shelf and dive right in.  That presents problems, most notably:


Anybody else do this?  Pick up a book that you're familiar with because you want to reread a section or check a fact, and before you know it... you've been reading the dang thing for two hours already.  And now you have to finish it.  Again.  For the seventeenth time.

So, here we go.  The list.  I'm including the ones I've already read, just to make my list feel bigger.  And I'm counting on YOU, blogosphere, to help me flesh this thing out:

Dracula by Bram Stoker
White Fang by Jack London
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (accidental reread... whoops)

To Be Completed:
On Writing by Stephen King
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (This is a non-negotiable reread. Don't Judge.)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Girl who... by Stieg Larsson (All 3)
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

That's all I've got on deck so far... any suggestions?


Anonymous said...

love it! I use a lot of references for book recs- Time's Top 100 books list: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,1951793,00.html

1001 books to read before you die (google it for the whole thing), and Amazon's "Best Books of the Month" blog

And a facebook status asking for suggestions always works :-)

Alice-Anne said...

i'd save yourself the trouble and just ask brad how les mis goes. it took him from january to april to read it. then he wanted to dive right in and start it all over again.

i don't understand you guys.

TravWise said...

Ang: A list of 1001 books would probably make me march out the front door and go bury myself beneath a tree. I get depressed when I realize just how much I haven't read.

AA: Ok, you've convinced me. Les Mis is the one I'm starting next. Right after Anthem... and Stephen King... oh, dang.