kelly recently asked where in the hell the 2006 Reading Plan was. well, it’s been in my head and on my nightstand. but i have been entirely too lazy and/or busy to update the left over there.
i have to admit RP2005 was a miserable failure. i started out really well, but ended terribly. there were just too many new books to read. i couldn’t ‘waste’ my time re-reading stuff i had read before.
but this year, this year will be most excellent. see, this year is to read all the ‘classics’ i’ve never read before. all those books that get me that shock and appalled look from people when they find out i haven’t read them. one of my bookclubs has helped get RP2006 off to a wonderful start.
for that bookclub (which i really have to name) we all nominate a book and toss our nomination in a hat. the book is chosen by random drawing. so, thanks to them, i have read Jane Eyre (hated it! what a melodramatic, overwrought, boring piece of crap) and i am currently muddling through Crime and Punishment (which i am digging so far). so yeah, really starting the new year off with a bang.
i’m really looking forward to reading James Joyce’s Ulysses which has been on my to read list ever since the TTHM’s reading of molly bloom’s speech made me weak in the knees. i also have plans to read J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories and Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenter and Seymour, some Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
now that i think about it, i’ve spent a goodly portion of this year with my nose stuck in a book, so far i’ve polished of Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (entertaining, and fun), the aforementioned sucky Jane Eyre, and yesterday i finished up Company by Max Barry (which i’ll write about later).
oh yeah, and one more thing. the best damn book i read last year was Mary Gaitskill’s Veronica. it was so beautiful and poetic that i would actually physically put the book down and close my eyes so i could just savor something Gaitskill had just written. god, i loved it. i loved it so much that i have forced sister #2 to read it and blab about it endlessly to anyone who will listen to me.