Sunday, January 31, 2010

Reading Deliberately

We are one month into 2010 and I have been talking and thinking a lot about what I am going to read this year and have come to the conclusion that I want to read a little more deliberately. There are numerous books that I really have intended to read for sometime that I just somehow have never gotten around to. I usually read more classics, more "literature" and at least one or two nonfiction books. Here are books that I really want to make an effort to read in 2010. This should still leave me plenty of room to read spontaneously as well as read my book club books.

2666 by Roberto Bolano
Gold Bug Variation by Richard Powers
New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
The Castle by Franz Kafka
Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Winters Tale by Mark Helprin (re read)
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Lost City of Z by David Grann (nonfiction)

There are also books that I really want to read that will fit perfectly with some challenges that I intend to participate in.

Shriek and Finch by Jeff Vandermeer - Once Upon a Time
The City and the City by China Mieville - Once Upon a Time
Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - RIP
Master and Margarita by
Mikhail Bulgakov - RIP
Wild Sheep Chase by
Haruki Murakami - Japanese Literature
Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr - SF
Wind Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi - SF

In addition, while I don't think I can join the Art History Reading Challenge, I love reading their reviews and would love to read at least one book about art, either fiction or non-fiction, this year.

I also love reading books about books, so I would like to read at least one book about books, libraries, reading, writing or book collecting.


Carl V. said...

I read the New York Trilogy a few years ago and found it to be a fascinating book. Definitely consider myself a fan of Auster's work.

The Historian, Canticle, and Wind Up Girl are all books I would like to get to this year as well.

Moo said...

From all accounts I should really like the New York Trilogy so I am looking forward to reading it. I also look forward to your take on Historian, Canticle and Wind Up Girl. I am reading Canticle right now and am enjoying it.

Carl V. said...

As long as you go into Auster realizing that everything doesn't always play out like a neat and tidy episode of a television detective show then I think you'll enjoy it. I know I was just fascinated by all three stories in that book.

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Moo said...

No twitter for me thanks.