Books, Books and More Books

Wednesday, May 09, 2007
If you get a chance today, please pay Krista (a fellow Edmontonian and Oiler fan) a visit and give her a big “CONGRATULATIONS”. She’s recently graduated from the University of Alberta with her BSc. and has decided to head into medicine (yay!). She’s writing the MCAT this summer and will likely be very stressed. Krista has also set herself a goal of reading 30 books this summer. Quite ambitious but very inspiring. I’ve decided to follow her lead and set myself a similar goal of 20 books to read by Labour Day (September 3rd). These will, of course, be added to my ultimate goal of 1000 books once I’ve read them. I wanted to try and get an even mix of fiction and non fiction but I’m still stuck in non-fiction mode so you’ll notice the majority of the books on my list fall into that category. Here’s the list of the 20 I’d like to read by the end of the summer:

Amelia Earhart's Shoes - Randall Jacobson
Aurel Stein - Annabel Walker
Bitter Chocolate - Carol Off
Brave New World - Aldophus Huxley
Breaking Ground - Cohen and Joukowsky
Charlemagne - Barbero
Endurance - A. Lansing
From Dawn to Decadence - Jacques Barzun
Ghengis Khan - Jack Weatherford
Into Africa - Martin Dugard
Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
Salt - Mark Kurlansky
Saving Fish from Drowning - Amy Tan
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
The Road - Cormack McCarthy
The Year 1000 - Lacey and Danziger
War and Peace (200 pages) - Leo Tolstoy
Wolfe - Stuart Reid

If things get too heavy though, I may just have to pick up something mindless like a Robin Cook or Michael Crichton to take my mind off of things. I’m hoping to finish THESE particular books as I’ve had many of them on my wish list for a while now but if I can get through ANY 20 bucks in the next 3 ½ months, I’ll be ecstatic (note that my two current reads, Robinson Crusoe and The Great Influenza, will not be counted in the 20).


Wandering Coyote said...

What a good idea. Maybe I should jump on this bandwagon since I have no life right now. I have read The Red Tent (very good and a quick read), The Lovely Bones (pretty good), and The Handmaid's Tale, which is my favourite Margaret Atwood novel. I've heard Salt is pretty good, too, but I haven't read that one myself.

I want to read some Chomsky. Hm. You've given me food for thought.

* (asterisk) said...

Look at you with yer big ol' readin' list. Wow!

Krista said...

Thanks for the shout out!

That's a pretty nice list you've got there. Far more.... intellectual than mine. I think I might have to makes some cuts to mine already, actually. Alternatively, I can take a stab at reading more than one book at a time, which I haven't ever done. Also, my list is nearly 90% re-reads.

In reference to your Hot Fuzz review... sorry to hear you didn't bust a gut as I did.

Beth said...

I'm jumping on this elevator, Karen. I now have a list of things I want to read by the end of the summer, or as I put it, during the off season.

My list is far shorter than yours - my attention span gets shorter and shorter with every passing day - but I'll still feel mighty fine about things if I finish seven books by the end of summer. I'll post my list on my blog, too, but here it is ...

Rant - Chuck Palahniuk
The Game - Ken Dryden (half way thru that one)
Blood Feud - Adrian Dater
Life Mask - Emma Donoghue
Faust - Goethe
The Double - Jose Saramago

And as a totally light, fun read, I'll probably pick up something by Dean Koontz. Maybe two.

Thanks for the inspiration to get some read on this summer.

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