I’m graduating from college in December, and since I’m not immediately planning to go to grad school I’m pretty much free from academia FOR-EV-ERRRRRR after Christmas. This is both scary and exciting, and to keep myself from freaking out about ~THE FUTURE~ I’ve been making plans. One of the easiest to accomplish ones is the List of Books I Will Read!
It’s an ambitious list, I’ll grant you that, but why the heck not. I won’t have impending tests and essays and homework to worry about any longer, so I have to fill my brain with SOMETHING. Here’s what I’ve thought up so far. I’m making reading these books a priority in 2011:
- Middlemarch by George Eliot.
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
- Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.
- Ulysses by James Joyce. Also why don’t I finally finish reading Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, too.
- an Alexandre Dumas book– Count of Monte Cristo, maybe? I said I would read that one in another post somewhere, so why not.
- a Carl Sagan book.
- some sort of giant Russian tragedy. Anna Karenina?
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Technically I’ve already read this, but I’ve been meaning to reread it for almost two years now, soooo.
I think you can spot a theme, here: big books (for the most part) that require a lot of concentration. I’m assuming that not being in school will a) free up a lot of brain-space for other stuff than memorizing dates and place names, and b) give me more time overall to read. Yay?
What other books do you think I should read in 2011? I’m a little surprised at how many classics are on here, but reading classics on my Kindle is SO awesome because it’s got the built-in Oxford dictionary so I don’t get tripped up by weird, arcane words any more (now it’s just the weird sentence structure)! Plus I’m just into classics more now than I was a few years ago. More recs for classics, please?