I have been composing this post for a long time. It has gone through several incarnations as I went on a tangent without regard to my original topic and ended up talking about…I don’t know, bears in Milan or something like that.
Anyway, reading resolutions. I have them. I began the year reading four demanding and chunky novels that I cannot easily finish. And oddly, when I see friends on Goodreads talking about first reads of 2015, I have a sense of anxiety; it feels like I’m losing in some sort of race. I’m pretty sure reading is not a race and it is not how much but what you read that matters.
I know all that but I wish I could finish a book and get the ball rolling. :\
Let’s talk about which books I want to read in particular this year. There are 12 in particular…actually, 11 now. They are:
- South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
I have a personal goal to finish reading all of Murakami’s works that have been translated into English so far. I think this may just be the 10th one. Maybe? I don’t know.
- I am a Cat by Soseki Natsume
I have a copy of this and it is pretty darned dense but the premise engages me. A book written from the perspective of a cat. We’ll see.
- 1984 by George Orwell
I have this really beautiful copy that will make this reading this dystopian a little less sad.
- Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
After seeing so many quotes from him, I’m finally going to take the plunge and just do it.
- The Butterfly Mosque – G. Willow Wilson
I have read almost all her other works and this one, my mother tells me, is extremely wonderful.
- Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
This one is so huge I’m sort of dreading it but some of my friends really love it so I am going to do it. This one has one of the most compelling opening paragraphs I’ve had the fortune to read.
- The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction by Kate Chopin
I had Beauvoir’s The Second Sex in this place originally but I’m currently reading another feminist theory text at the moment and I don’t think I can handle the dense academic language twice in a year. :\
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
I actually read a chapter of this and really liked it so this year I’m going to read the whole thing.
- Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
I am currently reading this.
- Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories
I’ve only read one story by Kafka so I’m excited to buck down and give the others a try.
- Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
I’ve wanted to read a Vonnegut book for a long time now, particularly this title so I will this year.
Other than these books, there are many series I need to finish–I won’t go into any in detail but there are many that I want to finish.
I think mostly though, I want to read what I want when I want to instead of feeling obligated to read to keep up in some imaginary race. I want to choose the books that speak to me rather than books that are popular and hyped. I will probably, knowing myself, be convinced to read books because of hype but I hope to be above that this year. Haha.
Oh, I also aim to read a lot of fantasy this year. Specifically, fantasy penned by women that have female protagonists. That’s like catnip for me. I can’t resist it.
What are you reading resolutions/plans for 2015?