One of the blogs I follow, RoofbeamReader, has an annual challenge (except when he was writing his dissertation, which I totally get) to help people weed out all those books that have been sitting around for more than a year begging to be read. I have participated other years, and decided to opt in again. I am trying to replace fiddling with electronics at bedtime with reading a book instead, and so I am actually dipping back in to my vast supply of books on paper in addition to my audiobooks.
So I have to commit to 12 up front, which is hard, but I’m doing some challenges on goodreads which have given me a bit of a path to follow. Here are my choices (and the alternates in case some are too awful to keep going):
- A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
- Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
- The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
- Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Benieres
- Giants in the Earth by E. O. Rolvang
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
- Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
And for alternates:
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling
I think I’m most likely to chicken out of #12, but I need it for a Goodreads challenge, so it may last.
Wish me luck!