reading projects

A list or two

Inspired by Manguel’s A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader’s Reflections on a Year of Books (which I have not started reading yet!) I decided to engage in my own version of the project. It’s time to take off the bookshelves all those thick tomes and read them already! One per month. Starting with November. The order and the combinations are yet to be determined…

Here comes the main list:

  1. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
  2. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
  3. Anthony Powell – A Dance to the Music of Time
  4. Sigrid Undset – Kristin Lavransdatter
  5. Michail Sholokhov – And Quiet Flows the Don
  6. Martin Andersen Nexø – Pelle the Conqueror
  7. Morton Thompson – Not as a Stranger
  8. Boris Pasternak – Doctor Zhivago
  9. Walter Scott – Ivanhoe
  10. Charlotte Brontë – Shirley
  11. Olav Duun – The People of Juvik
  12. Alessandro Manzoni – The Bethroted

A month is a long period of time; of course, I will need more books. Again off the shelves because it is high time to cut down the number of books owned but not read:

  1. Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  2. Katherine Mansfield – The Garden Party
  3. Ford Madox Ford – The Good Soldier
  4. Sei Shonagon – The Pillow Book
  5. Ismail Kadare – The Palace of Dreams
  6. Eyvind Johnson – Dreams of Roses and Fire
  7. Henrik Ibsen – Hedda Gabler
  8. Isaac Asimov – Foundation
  9. Henryk Sienkiewicz – In Desert and Wilderness
  10. Jose Saramago – The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
  11. Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front
  12. Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca

Maybe it would be a good thing to include some of the pdfs and epubs – they have been piling up heavily as well:

  1. Jose Saramago – Death With Interruptions
  2. Olaf Olafsson – The Journey Home
  3. Primo Levi – The Periodic Table
  4. Nancy Mitford – Love in a Cold Climate
  5. Lev Grossman – The Magicians
  6. Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
  7. Peter S. Beagle – The Last Unicorn
  8. Tove Jansson – The Summer Book
  9. Mark Helprin – Winter’s Tale
  10. Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  11. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Tender is the Night
  12. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

So, there it goes…

With the Winter Book Fair fast approaching I sense some changes on these lists.


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