Reading is my favorite activity. I love it. I want to marry reading. I can't explain why I love it so much. I can't explain why I'm rereading To Kill a Mockingbird for what is probably the 10th (or maybe even 20th) time. I just love words. I love letters. I love that they mix up to form all these different feelings, and sounds, and images, and ideas, and, and, and...so much more! I am a reader.
After reading the first few essays in Hornby's book, I looked around my apartment and noticed the piles of books everywhere, and the bags of books next to my bed...we have a lot of books. And, these aren't even all of our books. We left boxes and boxes of books at my mom's house when we moved cross-country...and that was after selling at least half of our books before the move. I could be quite content to live in a very small room, with just a bathroom attached, a hotplate or microwave, and small fridge, a pile of blankets and pillows, and lots and lots of books. I'm not sure how much my son would enjoy that arrangement, however...
I've always thought about cataloging what I read as I go along, but until now have never actually done more than think about it. Reading Hornby's book of essays has pushed me over the edge...where I will land, I'm not entirely sure. I am in book heaven right now, however, and perfectly happy to stay right there. After looking around, I started to catalog the books on my current reading list. 37 books that I consider to be current reading. Some are for business (books on motivating students - I'm a private tutor), some are on personal betterification (yes, I just made up that word because I am very tired but not ready to go to bed), some are for both pleasure and school (lots of poetry), and some are purely for pleasurable indulgence. Some I've read several times before, and some I'll probably never read again. A few, I probably won't even finish (shhhh! Don't tell anyone!).
If you can handle it, here is my list...I hope to read all of these by December 1st. Originally I thought I'd like to read them all by November 1st - just over a month away. That seemed a bit much, even for someone that enjoys reading as much as I do...so, December 1st is the goal!
A little key:
F - fiction, NF - nonfiction, P - poetry
AS - Already started (before making the list)
S - Started the day I made the list
R - Rereading
The books: (the groupings are for ease of reading the list...they are not grouped in any categories or anything else intentionally, although the poetry seemed to land all together)
Nick Hornby -
Magnus Mills - Explorers of the New Century (F); All Quiet on the Orient Express (F)
Richard Lavoie - The Motivation Breakthrough (NF, AS)
Debra Bell - The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens (NF)
Kari Chapin - The Handmade Marketplace (NF, AS)
Alice Schroeder - The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (NF, AS)
Peg Tyre - The Trouble with Boys (NF, AS)
Donald Sturrock - Storyteller (NF, AS - biography of Roald Dahl)
Suze Orman - Suze Orman's Action Plan (NF, AS, R)
Madeline L'Engle - A House Like a Lotus (F, R)
Ted Hughes - Letters of Ted Hughes (NF, AS);
Randall Jarrell - A Sad Heart at the Supermarket (P); The Woman at the Washington Zoo (P)
Fred Marchant -
Kathleen Jamie - Mr. and Mrs. Scotland are Dead (P); Waterlight (P)
Pablo Neruda (William O'Daly translations) - The Sea and the Bell (P); The Hands of Day (P)
Jack Kerouac - The Scripture of the Golden Eternity (P, R, AS);
Sylvia Plath - Ariel (P, R)
Amended to add:
William Golding Lord of the Flies (F)