My New Year’s resolution is to finish reading the books I own. I’ve counted my bookshelf. After selling a crate of books last week, buying more and being given even more for Christmas, I’ve come to a loose estimate that I own 146 books (not counting books in Spanish, the e-books stored on my computer/Nook/Droid phone, “Chicken Soup” books, travel guides, encyclopedias and duplicate copies).
Twenty-eight of those books I haven’t even read.
My resolution is to get to work reading, learning and expanding my horizons. After each book, I will (try to) publish a short review. Here is the list, not in any particular reading order:
1. “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much,” by Allison Hoover Bartlett.
It’s about book theft.
2. “Under the Banner of Heaven,” by Jon Krakauer.
It’s by one of my favorite writers, the journalist who wrote Into the Wild and Into Thin Air.
3. “Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages,” by Ammon Shea.
The name says it all for this book.
4. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” by Robert M. Pirsig.
I was supposed to read this for my Asian Philosophies class in the fall. I didn’t. Now I will.
5. “Cry, the Beloved Country,” by Alan Paton.
I actually have no idea what this will be about, but I’ll read it because it’s on my shelf.
“O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather.
Is it a classic? The book itself looks worn and old…
“In Our Time,” by Ernest Hemingway.
No, it’s not Old Man and the Sea, though I would like to re-read that one; it’s on my shelf, too, after all.
8. “Zombie CSU,” by Jonathan Maberry.
9. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde.
After being greatly impressed by his other writings, I’ll finally crack open a book I’ve let gather dust for about a year.
10. “Sense and Sensibility,” by Jane Austen.
11. “Persuasion,” by Jane Austen.
“Emma,” by Jane Austen.
13. “S.” by John Updike.
14. “Have a Little Faith,” by Mitch Albom.
15. “The Sound and the Fury,” by William Faulkner.
16. “A Map of the World,” by Jane Hamilton.
17. “Lectures on Ethics,” Immanuel Kant.
At one point I was immensely interested in the subject. I suppose I still am, if I keep studying it.
18. “Black Mass,” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.
It’s not satanic; it’s about the relationship between the FBI and the Irish mob.
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass,” by Lewis Carroll.
It’s two birds/books with one stone!
20. “Julius Caesar,” William Shakespeare.
I seem to be catching up on the classics.
21. “Eleanor Roosevelt,” by Blanche Wiesen Cook.
22. “God on Trial: Dispatches from America’s Religious Battlefields,” by Peter Irons.
From the cover and reviews, it appears to be about the separation of church and state.
23. “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison.
It won a Pulitzer for fiction in 1988, which makes it both old and highly regarded. I ought to read it.
24. “Dry,” by Augusten Burroughs.
25. “The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold.
26. “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
27. “The Way of the Wiseguy,” by Joseph D. Pistone.
28. “Dharma Bums,” by Jack Kerouac.
Oh, 29. “The Measure of a Man,” by Sidney Poitier.