In case you haven’t heard, there are a whole group of people who read with intent. It’s true! They plan ahead. They make lists – and then they stick to them.
I’ve never been such a person.
I’m more the lone wanderer. I meander aimlessly amongst isles of books – viewing covers, reading backs, analyzing their weight in my hands – hoping to find that hidden treasure. Sure, I keep an ear out for recommendations; but mostly I choose as I go. As of late, however, I’ve begun to see the value of preparing ahead. Perhaps it stems from the inspiration of Mandi and her 200 books – perhaps it stems from the fact that the older I get, the harder it is to recall books I was considering. Whatever the reason, I found a great way to merge the laid back with the organized over at Pancakes and French Fries.
I like it because it’s wee. Fifteen books (or seventeen, since I’ve grouped a couple) – leaving room for, you know, whatever. I also like the idea of choosing something from my shelf. There are vintage books I purchased because they were pretty. There are books that mysteriously appeared. Now they will be read. So without further ado … my reading list for fall 2009 …
New books I plan to take in (buy, beg, or borrow)…
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- Perelandra/That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
- The Woman Warrior/China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
- When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
And books currently upon my shelf …
- Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Surly Tim and other stories by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
- The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
As always, I welcome suggestions for future lists, or, you know, to squish in here or there …