the as yet unmentioned reading plan is mentioned

now that we’re nearly two weeks into 2005, i’ve finally decided to go public with my reading plan. yeah, i’m that nerdy that i have a reading plan for the year. i had one last year too. RP2004 was to alternate between novels and a collection of short stories. i needed to expose myself to more short fiction, since that’s what i’ve been writing and all.

this year, i’ve got a whole new plan. one that’s left me a little more excited than i thought it would. this year, i’m going to alternate between reading books i’ve never read before (which is what i usually do) and re-reading a book i’ve read in the past. i’ve kicked off RP2005 with Catcher in the Rye this is a book that i had to read for 12th grade English class. i read it again in college, but that’s been like 10 years ago. so i’ve journeyed back to the 50s with Holden Caufield. i’m only about 60 pages in and i’m still loving every bit of it, even now as a 32 year old. i’m enjoying it so much that i find my inner voice sounding more and more like Holden. it amuses me to no end.

some of the other books i’m looking forward to this year include A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender, and Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson. i’m positively giddy with the chance to visit these old friends, especially Owen Meany, the book that changed my life.

also, i’ve told myself, i have to squeeze in at least one short story a week– even if it’s a re-reading one i’ve read before.

i just love it when a plan comes together.

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2 Comments

  1. ffj 10.Jan.05 at 1:16 pm

    you rock the library cashbar! i’ll disclose my reading plan for 2005 as well. every month i am to read, the bookclub book (and finish it, unless it totally sucks), a Shakespeare play, and a book that’s on the floor by my bed (coinsidentaly Owen Meany being one of).

    so for january i have:
    the news from paraguay – bookclub
    (read)
    a winter’s tale(get it?) – currently reading
    the piano teacher – currently reading

    and it’s only january 10!!!! i’m almost as excited as you are.

  2. PeeWee 12.Jan.05 at 12:59 pm

    I think the best book I ever read was Lord of the Flies.
    You would think I would like to watch Survivor.
    Ever read any Ogden Nash?