[lifestyle] a personal reading list.

I am dead on my feet in college.  Though that still doesn’t mean I need to neglect my literary genius.  After The Bell Jar in May 2010, I have yet to read something substantial.  The other night, I tried reading The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them.  The beginning failed to capture my interest completely.

So, last night, while watching Spring Waltz, I crafted a book list that I must read before my brains fall out at the end of 2010.

  1. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  2. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
    — Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.  I need a double dose of South Asian literature: Jhumpa + Salman
  3. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    — I read a book that was written by the translator (Edith Grossman) of Marquez into English, so I might as well see what the hubub is all about
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  5. The American, Henry James
    — I’ve read Portrait of a Lady, and that book held a mysterious trance over me.  I hated the writing, but I needed to keep reading.
  6. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
  7. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
  8. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
    — tried reading this three times, but something always got in the way.  It was an interesting novel, though.
  9. Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol
  10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  11. Bullet Park, John Cheever
  12. The Magus, John Fowles
  13. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
    — again, see what all the hubbub is about
  14. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
  15. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
    — this will be less scary than watching the movie, and I get my dose of Italian literature
  16. The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
    — about this one, I’m a bit skeptical, since it’s a book of self-help and guidance, essentially
  17. The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Paolo Giordano
    — if I like this book a lot, I’ll read it in original Italian
  18. Falconer, John Cheever

As I finish one, I’ll write a brief, one paragraph review.  Yes, I know.  There are 11 weeks left in 2010.  That means reading more than one book per week.  Can I do it?


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