So remember when I was going to read all the books listed in Beowulf on the Beach? Guh. That project is still going, but there's a reason why those books were ALREADY the books I've struggled to read. Madame Bovary? More like Madame BORE-vary.
(Yeah, that's the level my humor is at today.)
So I decided a new list would be in order, and for some reason thought A-Z would be the way to go, even though finding a book starting with "X" is basically impossible. A list of books that are good, but hopefully not blow-your-brains-out-before-finishing-good. A list of books that I haven't yet read, want to read, and yes, have occassionally faked having read in the past.
Suggestions are gladly welcomed.
Any thoughts on the following?
A – All The King's Men
B – The Book Thief
C – The Corrections (Was also considering Cold Mountain ... hopefully eventually I'll get to both, but one has to make the list! It's an arbitrary rule I've come up with!)
D – David Copperfield (Or Dreaming In Hindi? I feel like I can't go wrong with Oprah, and David Copperfield is already on the Beowulf on the Beach list ... though that will mean finishing Madame Bovary...)
E – Empire Falls (Or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues? I feel like The Corrections AND Empire Falls might be a bit much, considering C and E are so close together.)
F – The Fountainhead (Even though Ayn Rand is basically a Nazi who admired serial killers and fittingly died alone ... yes, I feel the need to read The Fountainhead. Even if I know I will probably just hate it.)
G – A Game of Thrones (Thanks Eric!)
H – Howl’s Moving Castle
I – Into Thin Air
J – The Joy Luck Club
K – K (For realsies. It's about Kafka, who I love, but I worry that K might be where I get bogged down on my goal ... so new K nominations would be appreciated.)
L – The Little Prince
M – The Maze Runner
N – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
O – The Old Man and the Sea
P – Pillars of the Earth
Q – The Quick and the Dead
R – The Road
S – The Shack (or Snow Falling on Cedars?)
T – Team of Rivals
U – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
V – V for Vendetta
W – The World According to Garp
X – ***
Y – Yiddish Policeman’s Union (I've only read half of this, so it can still make the list. And to everyone saying, "R, you've always said you always finish books -- except for It -- have you been lying?" I say, "No, but I was in the middle of YPU last summer during the Great Roommate Fire Incident of 2008, so I was too distracted by looming homelessness to finish.")
Z – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance