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Sticking to a reading list

I’m not a planned reading person. I tend to pick up books as I go–as the mood strikes. But last Fall, I had a plan, and by george I was going to stick to it!

New books I plan to take in (buy, beg, or borrow)…

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style=”text-decoration: line-through;”>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 …

    1. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
    2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    3. Surly Tim and other stories by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    4. Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
    5. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
    6. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

    As you can see from the strike throughs I didn’t do so very, very good. Oh sure, I read that many books–and more! I just didn’t read the books on my list. As a matter of fact, I purchased Persuasion. It’s sitting on my nightstand–as it has for the past couple months–waiting to be read “next.” Unfortunately, other books have been placed–and read–on top.

    So, what did I learn from this little experiment {besides the fact that I’m woefully pitiful}? Well, for starters I loved the feeling of accomplishment, as I marked books off the list. I liked the fact that I read books I may have otherwise ignored.

    I also learned that I need to be a bit more thoughtful in my selection. I had a whole lot of depression going on in them there stories. The fact that I had sadness in my own life, did not make for an overly enjoyable reading experience.

    Will I do it again? Why yes, yes I will. As a matter of fact, I’ve begun mulling my summer reading list. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

    1 Comment

    1. Perhaps the sense of accomplishment could be achieved by choosing a topic, then creating the list as they are read. It seems that there is more adventure in the pursuit of where the topic will lead you.

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