You would think that the goal of reading through The List would be enough, but I think it's pretty clear that I'm easily distracted. I didn't really make much mention of this as far as I can remember, but my 2013 reading goal was to get through the Dark Tower series (which I did), and my 2014 reading goal was to read all ten books in Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles (which I didn't).
This year my goal is to read as many as possible of my own books that I haven't read yet. While I have a lot less of them than a lot of bookish people apparently do, having books sitting around that I haven't read really bugs me, and I've had a lot more of them since I inherited a bunch from my Mémé and Pépé when they moved, and my great aunt when she died.
For fun (ha!), let's go through all the books that I should potentially be reading during the remainder of this year, with a few notes on some of them. To be clear, at this point if I didn't read anything else, including List books, for the rest of the year, it's still very possible for me to read all of these books.
|Top shelf. Click to embiggen.
- Othello by William Shakespeare. God knows where or why I got my hands on this. I haven't read Shakespeare since high school, but it can't hurt to try again.
- Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford. I was really excited to read this until my job made me hate everything to do with the topic. I'm planning to return to this book when I have some distance from it.
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Some people in a forum I belong to recommended this when I asked about books by women. My sister had read the book for a class and had it on her shelf. She'd hated it, so I snagged it from her.
- Q-In-Law by Peter David. You'll see a review of this here on the blog yet, I swear. I've actually read a non-Star Trek Peter David book that I really enjoyed, so we'll see what I think of this.
- The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi. I read the first book in this trilogy and reviewed it here before deciding that I wanted to focus my non-Top 100 and Romance reviews on 20th century books only.
- Garden in the Wind/Enchanted Summer by Gabrielle Roy. The first of the many books I inherited. I've currently got a review of a different Gabrielle Roy book scheduled for September this year.
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. I'm going to try to review this as well. A lot of my inherited books (this is another) are CanLit.
- Living and Party Going by Henry Green. The only book I've had to buy for this blog so far, I think.
- Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer. The book that I'm relying on to rejuvenate my efforts at NaNoWriMo this year.
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I literally bought this book because I felt I had to read it before the next book, which is...
- Walden Two by B. F. Skinner. This is another inherited book. Obviously it is not a real sequel to Walden.
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. Another inheritance. I haven't seen the movie but I know it's got a great theme.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I have a copy of this book that I've read several times, that belonged to my mom, that I have damaged with tape in a misguided effort to keep intact. Imagine how depressed I was to discover that it's an abridged edition. I'm not sure I really like this edition that I bought, but here we are.
- Venturing into the prairies by Therese Jelinski. It's about nuns!
- Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett. Borrowed from my brother, although I seriously need to give my heart time to mend before I read anymore Pratchett.
- The Heat Seekers by Zane. Another borrowed book, which I plan to review.
- The House of the Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance and The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I'll be posting a review of The Scarlet Letter sometime in the next half decade.
- Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. The Name of the Rose is fabulous, and I can't help myself when I walk into bookstores.
- A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman. I've decided that this is the next book that I'll read, although by the time this gets posted I'm hoping to have already started it. So excited.
- Rich Man, Poor Man and Beggarman, Thief by Irwin Shaw. Inherited books again.
- Amber Chronicles 6-10 by Roger Zelazny. Looping last year's goal into this year's goal!
- The Portable James Joyce. Nope. I'm just hanging onto this because it contains a copy of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which I'm going to need nine years from now.
Wish me luck!