Thursday, January 02, 2014

My "Reading List" (subject to change)

Day two of 2014 and I have a tickle in my throat.  I’m hoping desperately I don’t get this crappy cold thingy that’s making the rounds in my office. Grrrrrr.

The ever fabulous Robyn introduced me to a classics reading group on GoodReads and I joined instantly. No set book each month; we each choose a book from a reading list filled with 1001 Books to Read Before You Die that strikes our fancy.  Perfect!  That’s 12 books for the year taken care of.  Then, the group’s creator also put together a Non-Fiction book club!  Yep, you guessed it.  Signed up right away.  Finding 12 nonfiction books to read this year is probably going to be more difficult than the classics but I’m giving it a try.  I’ve spent the past couple of days requesting recommendations for books to read over the next 12 months and been rewarded with a plethora of suggestions.  Note that my choices will definitely change depending on my mood and whether or not I’m enjoying a particular book.  I promise to give each book I attempt at least 50 pages of my time.  Only then can I ditch it if it’s not grabbing my interest. Here is my tentative list so far:

NON FICTION (need 12)
1.    An Edible History of Humanity (Tom Standage)
2.    Egyptomania (Bob Brier)
3.    Murder in the First Class Carriage (Kate Colquhuon)
4.    A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps (Chris West)
5.    Frozen in Time (Mitchell Zuckoff)
6.    Of Dice and Men (David M. Ewalt)


FICTION
1.    The Cobra Event (Richard Preston)
2.    The Toyminator (Robert Rankin)
3.    Three Day Road (Joseph Boyden)
4.    Field of Prey (John Sandford)
5.    True Grit (RECOMMENDED by EUGENE)
6.    The Room of Lost Things  (RECOMMENDED by DAVID)
7.    Secret Scripture (RECOMMEND by SYLVIA)

CLASSICS (need 12)
1.    Moby Dick
2.    The Brothers Karamazov
3.    The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.    Anna Karenina
5.    The Plague
6.    The Castle of Otranto
7.    The Poisonwood Bible
8.    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
9.    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
10.  All Quiet on the Western Front
11.   King Solomon’s Mines
12.   Far from the Madding Crowd
To start off January, I’m going to try and get through Moby Dick (finally) and An Edible History of Humanity.  I’m also close to finishing the last book I started in 2013 but failed to finish, Mockingjay, the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy.


Wish me luck!

2 comments:

Eugene Knapik said...

Good luck on your list, and especially good luck on Moby Dick. I've tried twice to plow through that one and I just can't do it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Those are ambitious lists! Hopefully you can make as stellar a showing as you did last year.

I'd be interested to read what you think of The Plague. I recall enjoying it in high school, but perhaps it's the sort of book that needs to be discussed as you read.