I have a long list of books I want to read. A really long list. Right now, goodreads puts that number at 213, but that doesn’t count all those books I’ve taken note of over the years and tucked into a little wrinkle in the brain. So do I prioritize? If so, how?
Well, for me, the answer to the first question is YES – I want to prioritize. I want a plan. I don’t want to say, in another three years, I still haven’t read anything by Murakami. I want to feel like I’m making progress with my reading. I know to some people that will sound silly. Reading should be fun! Just read what you want! It doesn’t matter! Truly, it doesn’t matter. I encourage everyone to read what they want, what they enjoy. But part of my enjoyment is tied to crossing certain books of a mental checklist.
I’ve joined several challenges throughout the blogosphere, and this personal goal will overlap with those. At the same time, the books I’ve chose are ones that I consciously chose based on being able to say I’ve read them before I’m thirty. Ones that I’ve been meaning to get around to for far too long. Ones I need to read again, now that I’m not am immature high schooler. Ones that will teach me something. The “Thirty” deadline gives me just under two years. Plenty of time to make a dent in that never-ending TBR pile.
- Things I’ve Been Silent About, Azar Nafisi
- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
- Something by Haruki Murakami. I don’t really care which book.
- Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (done)
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (done)
- The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank (done)
- Beloved, Toni Morrison (reread)
- A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
- Invitation to a Beheading, Vladimir Nabokov
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
- The Illiad, Homer
- The Odyssey, Homer
- The Color Purple, Alice Walker
- Candide, Voltaire
- The Golden Bowl, Henry James
- Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (reread)
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread)
- Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot (done)
- Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Sojourner Truth
- Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
- Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway
- The Education of a British-Protected Child, Chinua Achebe
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
- If Not, Winter, Sappho
- The Princess Bride, William Goldman
- The Way We Never Were, Stephanie Coontz
- The Power Broker, Robert Caro
- Delusions of Gender, Cordelia Fine
- Emancipation Betrayed, Paul Ortiz