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.
- Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
- Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
— Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. I need a double dose of South Asian literature: Jhumpa + Salman
- 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
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- 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.
- The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
- All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
- Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
— tried reading this three times, but something always got in the way. It was an interesting novel, though.
- Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
- Bullet Park, John Cheever
- The Magus, John Fowles
- The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
— again, see what all the hubbub is about
- A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
- The Godfather, Mario Puzo
— this will be less scary than watching the movie, and I get my dose of Italian literature
- The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
— about this one, I’m a bit skeptical, since it’s a book of self-help and guidance, essentially
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Paolo Giordano
— if I like this book a lot, I’ll read it in original Italian
- 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?