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10 Books in 2010!

Happy New Year all! I can’t believe I didn’t post at all in December. The holidays always throw me for a whirl… Well, here’s to turning over a new leaf.

I’m working on some general intentions for the year, which I’ll write about soon, but in the meantime, I have finalized my list of 10 books for 2010. Here are the 10 “long been meaning to read” books I’m going to attempt to get through in 2010, in the midst of other assorted shenanigans (in the order I’m going to read them, corresponding to when they were written):

The Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2000-1000 BC)

the Illiad c. (Homer, 700 BC)

Paradise Lost (Milton, 1667)

Short Stories of Dostoevsky (Dostoevsky, 1862-1872

the Varieties of Religious Experience (James, 1902)

Letters to a Young Poet (Rilke, 1903-1908)

The Big Sleep (Chandler, 1939)

Catcher in the Rye (Salinger, 1951)

Godel, Escher, Bach (Hofstader, 1979)

Please Kill Me (McNeil) 1997

I’ll let you know what they’re like as I finish them…

10 Books in 2010 Self-challenge (update)

I got this idea lodged in my head that I would challenge myself to read 10 pending “always meant to get to it” books in 2010. I like the symmetry of the numbers, and I figured it would give me a good literary kick in the ass without being such a big list that I couldn’t possibly finish. I did a blog about this last month with my list as it stood at that time, asking for particular recommendations. Since then, I’ve added a few more to the list, so I’m now up to 22. Help!

-the Illiad
-Paradise Lost
-Short Stories of Dostoevsky
-something by Tom Robbins (what?)
-Catcher in the Rye
-Jesus’ Son
-Letters to a Young Poet
-something by Raymond Chandler (what?)
-something by Raymond Carver (particular recommendation?)
-the Analects
-the Varieties of Religious Experience
-Aristotle’s Poetics
-The Corrections
-Good in Bed
-Pass it On
-something by DeLillo (I’m leaning towards “Libra”)
-Godel, Escher, Bach
-Please Kill Me
-The Epic of Gilgamesh
-Jung (either Man and His Symbols or his autobiography)
-Cannery Row
-Tales of the City

Since I’ve got to get this down to 10, are there any particular plugs for “must reads” from the list? Any specific recommendations for the authors I’m not sure about which book to pick (Tom Robbins, Carver, Chandler, DeLillo)? Your input is appreciated…

Help with my Ten Books in 2010 self-challenge

I’ve decided to issue myself a self-challenge in 2010: I’m going to try to read 10 books that are on my “always wanted to, but never got around to” list.

Now is the part where you come in- I’ve started a list, but it has over ten entires, with more being added all the time. Any particular “yea” votes? Or suggestions about something I might want to add? The list so far (mixing sacred and profane, in no particular order):

-the Illiad
-Paradise Lost
-Short Stories of Dostoevsky
-something by Tom Robbins (what?)
-Catcher in the Rye
-Jesus’ Son
-Letters to a Young Poet
-something by Raymond Chandler (what?)
-something by Raymond Carver (particular recommendation?)
-the Analects
-the Varieties of Religious Experience
-Aristotle’s Poetics
-The Corrections
-Good in Bed
-Pass it On
-something by DeLillo (I’m leaning towards “Libra”)
-Godel, Escher, Bach
-Please Kill Me
-The Epic of Gilgamesh

Any suggestions?