Like Dan, I feel as if I haven’t read enough this year. What with starting my serial last July, and then getting swallowed whole by the webfiction community, I have neglected my dear old friend, the print book.
I can’t deny that I’ve uncovered some pretty awesome people, and awesome stories. But I think, online, I read far more for easy pleasure, and far less to learn about writing, and how to improve my own writing.
In the meanwhile, I’ve accumulated a stack of print books, that sit lonely in one corner, begging to be read. Not to mention my growing Goodreads to-read list, which is now at an epic 90 books.
So this is a list of ten books, in no particular order, that I plan to read in 2010:
- Cat’s Eyes by Margaret Atwood
- Ablutions: Notes for a Novel by Patrick deWitt
- Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
- Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick
I actually have read half of Perfume as well as the first few chapters of The Sun Also Rises, although I can’t remember why I stopped reading. It irks me to know I’ve left them unfinished, probably for no good reason, which is why they’re on the list.
Anyhow. I think the list above is a good starting point, and hopefully will manage to read even further and cut down my Goodreads list.
Has anyone else compiled a to-read list yet?