As usual, my Christmas list this year was three parts books, one part miscellaneous. Though surprisingly, I had more misc-shaped presents than normal, which is probably a good thing as my shelves are still bursting with books unread. And so I begin my own 2012 challenge – to finish all the books I currently own before purchasing any more. This, I fear, may be tricky as my Amazon wishlist is 80 items and always growing.
This post is less of an article, more of a proposition. I shall write out a list of the books I need to read and will perhaps write a short reflection on them as they are completed. We shall see how long this endeavour takes.
However, here is the list:
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
The Botticelli Secret – Marina Fiorato
A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
Making History – Stephen Fry
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Nancy Wake – Russel Braddon
Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
John Keats; The Living Year – Robert Gittings
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
The Professor – Charlotte Bronte
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
As well as these, I have collections of works by the Brontes, Longfellow, Lawrence, and numerous Shakespeares I’m ashamed to say still remain unopened.
Let the reading commence.