It’s on! Since 6 people have expressed interest, I think we have a quorum. After some discussion with Shane, here are the rules:
12 Books, 12 Months Challenge
- Pick 12 titles from your To Read Pile. These should be titles you currently own in whatever format you prefer.
- Acquisition of other formats or translations is permitted. So, if you have a paperback but want to read on your Kindle, you can get a Kindle copy. If you have a library copy but want to buy your own, that’s kosher. Heck, if you own a copy and want to check another out from the library, I’m not gonna stop you.
- Post your list in your public space of choice by September 1, 2010. If you prefer not to post, you can just leave a comment with your list.
- Read all 12 titles between now and September 5, 2011. Might as well tack on an extra long weekend at the end for cramming.
- When you finish a title on your list, post about it in your public space of choice. If you prefer not to post, you can just leave a comment with your review.
- Once a month, I’ll post a round-up of the reviews posted from that month so that we all know what everyone else has read.
- Boris Akunin – The Winter Queen
I don’t remember how I came to have this one on my wishlist, but it looks interesting, and I don’t read enough fiction.
- Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and the Margarita
We each brought a copy of this to our collection, but I don’t know that either of us have read it.
- Lawrence Durrell – Reflections on a Marine Venus
Durrell’s prose is intoxicating, and I’ve been intending to read more of his work since ~2003.
- William Least Heat-Moon – Blue Highways
I loved River-Horse, and would like to read more of his work.
- Henry Miller – Tropic of Cancer
I’ve owned and intended to read this book since college. By my calculations, that means I have moved it at least 12 times.
- Barack Obama – Dreams from My Father
I meant to read this in advance of the 2008 election. Now we’re 2 years into the Obama presidency…
- Michael Pollan – The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Because every other foodie person on the planet has read it, but it put me to sleep.
- J.R.R. Tolkein – The Hobbit
I’ve read Lord of the Rings, but not The Hobbit. It’s time.
- Anne Tyler – The Accidental Tourist
Need to confirm that I actually own this one. The movie based on the book was nominated for Best Picture, not that that means it’ll be a good book.
- David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest
I missed Infinite Summer. This is also one of Shane’s favorite – if not THE favorite – books. No more excuses. See also: The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
- Duncan Watts – Six Degrees
I picked this up my first year of grad school because Duncan Watts’s research is interesting and also he is dreamy.
- E.B. White – The Points of My Compass
My good intentions for this book date back to my first attempt at organizing a book club.
What are YOU going to read?