Monday, January 01, 2007

Quite pleased with myself

I've just updated my book blog with my latest literary experiences. I always feel that I'm not keeping that blog up to date as often as I should, but looking back I've posted about 11 books I've read since September.

11 books in four months - not bad going really. If I keep up this pace throughout 2007, I'll have got through 36 books by this time next year. And if I keep going for the rest of my life - with a life expectancy of say, 80 years - I may have read another 1944 books before I die. That is one hell of a lot of books. Where am I going to put them all? (local library is rubbish).

As well as picking up whatever comes my way this year, I think my literary aim is going to get to grips with the great 20th century American writers - and possible start by reading a decent book about the whole development of the American novel. I love Steinbeck and have been getting into my late 20th century authors (work book club is reading Bonfire of the Vanities at the moment - at my suggestion)... so I think I'm going to try and fill in the some of the gaps.


AdventuringJen said...

Interesting to have an aim of what to read - Husbink was trying to give me an aim a while back though it was in a way a bit vague to follow through - lots of things I wouldn't normally read. I've done it a bit by reading some murder mysteries and these NZ authors but I think at the moment I require comfort from books. Doesn't mean they have to be re-reads, I just need a bit more of a guarantee I'll enjoy them! Hope you slept well

Lex Ham Rand said...

My faves in this category --

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Light in August by William Faulkner