Maybe I'm crazy. Or maybe I just want to wander a little less aimlessly. As many of you know one of my dreams is to become a well known writer - to someday have a non-technical book published, that people want to read (and not just my friends and family), that somehow inspires at least one person, and that makes everyone examine the everyday items in their life, and slightly chuckle. Well, as I stated in a previous post, the best way to really do something is to study your predecessors. In my case, that means read more. I think we all could use to read more. With school and work, reading for pleasure gets pushed to the back burner. But I must say, I really love it. I love being engrossed in a novel or literary work so much that you don't want to put it down. I love reading books that I later remember so vividly that I thought I had watched the movie.
My most recent favorite has to be The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Great novel on the conflict of 1st generation-ers - the fine line between assimilation and adaptation. The movie (I hated) does not do it justice. At all.
So, I looked at some lists online and compiled a list of 30 books I want to have read by the age of 30. Some of the books I have read already (in bold), but it's been so long that I don't really remember them all. Many of the books I have not read, and a handful I have started (in italics), but never actually finished. So, I'm taking suggestions for the list - maybe you think I should have something on there that's not, or maybe you would take something off. Then, I'll write about the books that I'm reading, or give summaries for the books that I have read - each in it's individual blog post - it will kinda be like the movie Julie & Julia. Hmm, ok maybe not so exciting, since I can't really blog too much about how my hand turned the page, waiting in anticipation, as to what would happen next.
And if there's a book on there that you also want to read - let me know, and maybe we can read it together. A lot of the classic novels are beyond their copyright and are available free online or through an e-reader. I don't read very fast - so if that was a concern, go ahead and nix it.
One more thing - i have a ton of books that I am currently reading, so I may hold off on starting until the new year, to give me time to finish the books on my list. We'll see. And Any suggestions for where to start? I'm thinking of starting light with The Scarlet Letter.
Here's the list: Comments about the list below
- Animal Farm
- The Catcher in the Rye
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Great Gatsby
- The Grapes of Wrath
- Catch 22
- Crime and Punishment
- War and Peace or One Hundred Years of Solitude
- The Scarlet Letter
- The Color Purple
- Robinson Crusoe
- The Prince
- Lord of the Flies
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Madame Bovary
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
- Don Quixote
- The Bible
- The Critique of Pure Reason
- The Sayings of Confucious
- Poems of Emily Dickinson
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- Treasure Island
- Gulliver's Travels
So, hear goes nothing - taking suggestions/comments/interesting fluff on my list until Dec 31st !
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