January TBR

I’m usually not one for TBRs.  I am a huge mood reader.  But, I’m willing to give it a try, because there are a lot of books I really want to get through in the next couple of months.

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.  For my Classics Goal.

Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth.  I’d love to finish this before the new American Crime Story comes out this month all about the assassination of Versace.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris.  I have started this interesting and different graphic novel already, and it shouldn’t take long to finish.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.  Getting to this because it made the Tournament of Books Short List.

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.  See above.

And finally, I’m going to start Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  I have no dreams of finishing this month, but it’s a book I’d like to finish by the end of the year.

What are everyone else’s plans for the month?  Got any good reads in line?

Picking a Classic

With the new year, I’m going to start making a big effort to read from my Classics List.  I plan on adding a classic or two to my TBR stack every month, while still reading whatever new releases and backlist books speak to me at the time.

When I scanned my list, looking for the perfect read to kick off this project, I found myself stuck.  How do I choose?  What if the book I pick is a dud?  What if I hate the experience so much it discourages me from continuing with this project?

Finally, after stressing and indecisively weighing my options, I chose a book I’ve already read and know I like.  This is a safe choice.  I know I’ll enjoy it, and I know I’ll feel satisfied after reading it, thereby encouraging my continued pursuit in this reading journey.  I also chose a very short book.  I think a few quick reads to get some books under my belt will build some momentum, make me feel accomplished early, and encourage further reading.

So the first book from my classics list I chose was….

 

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.

 

I took a class on Thoreau in undergrad and adore all of his writing.  It’s been a number of years since I’ve read any Thoreau, though, and would love to see how my thoughts have changed as I’ve grown.

It is a really short read, so I’ll be finished quickly and plan on reporting back soon on my thoughts.

Reading Classics

Lately I’ve been getting into reading more classics.  I majored in English in college, so I have read a lot of what are considered classics in the past, but life has gotten in the way of my continuing reading education.  While I still greatly anticipate the coming new releases and will continue to read those, I will be sprinkling in some older works into the mix.  Out of the thousands of “classics” in the world, I have created a list of 225 books that intrigue me, and this will be the guidepost for my future endeavors into the classics.  Some of these books are books I’ve already tried and either loved or hated.  Some are due for a reread, and some deserve a second chance. I’m interested to see if my feelings have changed.

The books on my seasonal reading lists are included on this list.  The classics I read from my Summer Reading List will be reread at some point in the future.  The books on my Fall List I am currently reading, and will be crossed of the list as I finish them.

So, with this list, there are no rules.  These are the classics I want to read.  It’s merely a list so that I don’t forget any books I have found interesting and would like to read. A reminder that I once thought I would like to read a book, so that when I feel the urge to read something a little less modern, I have a list to turn to.   Just because a book made it onto this list does not impose any duty or requirement to that book. There is no time limit.  If I go an entire year without reading a single book on this list, that will be okay.  There is no order in which these books must be read.  In fact, there is no requirement that I have to read any of these books at all.  If I change my mind, or if I decide to DNF a book, that’s perfectly fine with me.

I’ve created a tab on the top of my site where the list will be located.  I’ll be working to keep track of my progress on this page, so check back often!