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Top Ten Books I resolve to read in 2011!
1. Anna Karenina/War & Peace (or both) - Leo Tolstoy - I generally like Russian Literature. Well, I guess I say this more speculatively then factually. I like the idea of Russian Literature, and the parts of Anna and W&P that I have read I have enjoyed. I'd be lying if I said the size of these works didn't intimidate me a little. I just downloaded War & Peace to my kindle, so maybe now that I always have it on me it'll get read.
2. Bastard Out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison - Okay, so I don't actually know what this book is about, but last fall my roommate lent it to me along with Running with Scissors (which I did read) and insisted I read it. It's been on my bookshelf ever since. Since she's a pretty awesome roommate I trust her judgement and vow to get her book back to her read and hopefully enjoyed.
3. ALL OF THE BOOKS I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS - This year I got Distant Hours, Neverwhere, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, Kelland, Black Swan Rising, Wolf Hall, Innocent Traitors and The Matchmaker of Periord (also Holiday's on Ice and The Shadow of the Wind, but they are now irrelevant to this point). Last year I also got a sizable number of books, and to my dismay I only got through 3 of them before I got distracted and/or bought other books. This year I want to prove that my eye's weren't bigger than my stomach and make a sizable dent in this list by my birthday in July.
4. The Virgin Widow - Anne O'Brien - I got this as an ARC several months ago, and I'm pretty sure it's already come out. I feel pretty bad about this, since I did start it, and enjoyed the few pages I did manage to read. You know the rest of the story - life happened, got distracted, took a bad lit class, had homework blah blah blah. I really do enjoy historical fiction, and I like the idea of a story told from Anne Neville's perspective. Now I just need to buckle down and read it.
5. The Fountainhead/Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand - I kind of want this to be a big year for classics. 2009 was a big classic's year for me, and i discovered wonderful books like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. I know this will be a completely different experience, but I want to expand my horizons. The word 'classic' encompasses so much, and I'd like to take my literary education into this direction.
6. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon - I don't remember how I learned of Pynchon's existence, but I know it was sometime in the last year. When I learned about him and his books, I set myself a mental challenge. I said "Sarah. You will read one of these books. You probably won't like it. You will probably be unhappy with past Sarah while it is happening, but you will do this". After asking around and a little research on Wikipedia, I decided The Crying of Lot 49 was the place to start. It's possible I'm using Pynchon as an excuse not to start Infinite Jest, but either way I'll be an experience
7. Atonement - Ian McEwan - I really want to like McEwan. My only other attempt at his work was with his novel Saturday. I didn't like it, I thought it was dry with not much happening and didn't end up finishing it. I enjoyed the film for Atonement. I haven't heard much mention of how close the book stays to the film, but I've already got a copy on my shelf, and I think ever author deserves a second chance.
8. White Teeth - Zadie Smith - Remember how I said every author deserves a second chance? That's also what I'm doing with Zadie Smith. I read Autograph Man in high school and from what vague memory I have of it, I enjoyed it. Next were several attempts at On Beauty. All of them kind of went to hell around the 100 page mark and ended with me getting bored and hiding the book somewhere on my bookshelf. I figure if I really want to judge Zadie Smith, I should read her best known novel. This will be that attempt.
9. 1984 - George Orwell - Back when I read Brave New World I had every intention of reading 1984 next. Again I got distracted, and started to read something else instead. Honestly, I feel a bit guilty because I know I use lines from 1984 in everyday life, and it just feels wrong that I haven't read it.
10. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - I was supposed to read this for a class my first year of college. The class ended up deteriorating into an hour discussion on corn each week and we never got to Frankenstein.