Once upon a time, I did read good stuff. For fun. Like Tale of Two Cities, Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility, Hamlet and Jane Eyre (2 times for school and also again on my own). I even read Vanity Fair -- the longest book ever except for the Bible, at 1008 pages. And that was before the movie was made.
Most of them I read because I assumed that if I heard of them and they were old . . . they had to be good. Most of them were. The only book that I absolutely hated, loathed and despised was Lord of the Flies.
So then at Jamie's blog I read about the 9/9/9 challenge, which sounds great until you realize that it is 81 books. But I am going to try anyway.
It's got to be better than last year, where I don't remember anything I read.
Even if I only read 1/2 of them.
So anyway, the idea is to read 9 books in 9 different categories during 2009.
I don't have my list completely ironed out yet (because who knows what whims will strike between now and then) but here is what I am thinking:
- General fiction
- to be honest, I am not going to try to guess anything that will go here. This one will be the easiest to fill though
- Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
- Bringing up Boys, Richard Dobson
- again, I don't know what all will go here
- Classics I want to reread:
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte -- I haven't read it in at least 15 years
- Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
- Persuasion, Jane Austen
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
- Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne - one of the few American Lit that I liked
- The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
- Classics I may have missed: I don't remember these, but I may have read them. I tend to read all the books of a particular author I like.
- Villette, Charlotte Bronte
- Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
- Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
- Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
- Emma, Jane Austen
- The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
- The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas
- Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Wizard of Oz, Frank L Baum
- Classics I know I missed:
- Swiss Family Robinson, Johann Wyss
- The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper
- King Soloman's Mines, H. Rider Haggard
- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo
- The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
- The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
- Ivanhoe, Walter, Sir Scott
- Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
- David Copperfield, Charles Dickens --I started either this or Oliver T and never finished. Might as well add it to the list.
- Books to read aloud to the kids:
- Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
- Junglebook, Rudyard Kipling
- Kim, Rudyard Kipling
- some of the Marguerite Henry books like Sea Star, & Misty of Chincoteague
- Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan
- A Door in the Wall, Marguerite De Angeli
- Robin Hood, Howard Pyle
- The Moffats, Eleanor Estes
- The Burgess Animal Book for Children, Thornton Burgess
- The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom --I will be rereading it, but it's been over 15 years
- To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander, Georg von Trapp
- Maria, by Maria von Trapp (and maybe some of the others by her)
- Any suggestions?
- Christian / Theology
- The Shack, Will Young
- Fox's Book of Martyrs, John Foxe
- Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
- The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis
- Rumors of Another World, Philip Yancy
- Books I own but haven't read yet:
- Poisonwood Bible
- Blessing, Deborah Bedford
- others in random places around, that I have been meaning to read
Anyone else up for the challange?