Well, I think I just bit off more than I intended to. I signed up for another challenge. What with Weekly Geeks, my In Their Own Shoes Challenge, keeping up with my favorite blogs (and finding more every day!) and actually spending time reading books just so I can review them here, I really think I might be in over my head.
But then again, I don’t want to get complacent, now DO I?
Besides, this one is ONLY asking for me to give a little more, only 1% more! No, not quite. It’s requesting we commit to reading 1% of the currently hot and debated 1001 Books List between May 1st and … October? or was it the end of the year?
Yep, that’s what I did. Signed up before I really knew what I was in for.
If you want to print the list, follow this link. I did, I had to see it on paper. On 20 pieces of paper. I even printed it on green paper and had mad/crazy thoughts about transcribing the list into my tbr sug book! I’m excited to see that I’ve read a few, heard of a few authors, etc. Golly Ian McEwan is all over it.
If you want to be in the challenge, go here.
And, if you want to gently exhort me to “GET BACK TO YOUR BOOK(s) AND READ SOMETHING, SILLY!” Well, that would be appreciated, too.
At first glance, I want to read these ten:
1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (I have been wanting to try Ishiguro)
2. Fury – Salman Rushdie (I have never read any Rushdie)
3. American Pastoral – Philip Roth (I am compelled to read another Roth book.)
4. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq (gotta love the title. Maybe not)
5. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (isn’t this a movie?!)
6. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard (I can always cheat and see the movies?)
7. Like Life – Lorrie Moore (I need to include a female writers, I think)
8. Nights at the Circus (ooo, I like Angela Carter!)
9. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (has been on the list for awhile, might as well get to it.)
10. Anna Karenina – Tolstoy (one of my 2008 must, gotta, absolutely want to finish this!)
alternates: Ormond, The Absentee, or Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth because I’ve never heard of her.
If any of these are too long and thus intimidating, I’ll replace with a novella – there HAS to be a novella on this list somewhere!
PS – I spent a good ten minutes perusing Google Images to my search for ‘slap upside the head’ but didn’t find anything I wanted to bring back here. Saw a few whale pics…