Counting up to count down: raiding the bookshelf


Usually it is good to have a budget or a plan, or in this case, a tally. I’m a bit embarrassed that many of these books have been carted around with me from grad school, college, and even some from high school. But my intention has always been to read them.

As shown by this blog, 2012’s mission is for me to read them all. But how many books do I even have? What am I setting myself up for? I’m just glad that the bookcases that are mine at my parents’ house aren’t included in this challenge–though I will get to those another time.

Alright, let the inventory begin! Most of them are fiction, many are classics and well-known works, so I’m excited for all the books. The inventory:

  1. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace
  2. The Imperfectionists — Tom Rachman
  3. Reading Lolita in Tehran — Azar Nafisi
  4. Freedom — Jonathan Franzen
  5. How to be alone — Jonathan Franzen
  6. 1Q84 — Haruki Murakami
  7. The wind-up bird chronicles — Haruki Murakami
  8. How English works — Anne Curzan, Michael Adams (non-fiction, grammar textbook)
  9. Life of Pi — Yann Martel
  10. Middlesex — Jeffery Eugenides
  11. The Finkler question — Howard Jacobson
  12. Neuromancer — William Gibson
  13. Patron Saint of Liars — Ann Patchett
  14. The rolling stones — Robert Heinlein
  15. Run — Ann Patchett
  16. Things that fall from the sky — Kevin Brockmeier
  17. One hundred years of solitude — Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  18. The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. Selected stories of Philip K. Dick
  20. Sinner — Sara Douglass
  21. Friday — Robert Heinlein
  22. The information — James Gleick
  23. The end of the straight and narrow — David McGlynn
  24. The Screwtape letters — C.S. Lewis
  25. Twice told tales — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  26. 1984 — George Orwell
  27. Anna Karenina — Leo Tolstoy
  28. Brave new world — Aldous Huxley
  29. The scarlet letter — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  30. The wizard of OZ — L. Frank Baum
  31. Treasure island — Robert Lewis Stevenson
  32. I’m looking through you — Jennifer Finney Boylan
  33. Mirror mirror — Gregory Maguire
  34. Son of a witch — Gregory Maguire
  35. Inland — K.C. Frederick
  36. Dune — Frank Herbert
  37. The nature of a liberal college — Henry Wriston
  38. The soul thief — Charles Baxter
  39. Luka and the fire of life — Salman Rushdie
  40. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
  41. Paradise lost & paradise found — John Milton
  42. Pride and prejudice and zombies — Seth Grahame-Smith
  43. Waiting — Ha Jin

Whoa. That’s a lot of books. A lot. And considering that it is the first of February, I feel behind already. Obviously, really behind, looking at this list. The books are in no particular order but I think I’ll pick and choose my way through them, once I read the ones that are started, that is.

2012 wants to continue like 2011, the year of great change, however this year has more ambition and action–always a great pair.

Clearly, I need to cancel Netflix. We need a snow day–or week!–in Ann Arbor, so I can tuck in and devour this list, or begin to chip away at it. Maybe I’ll have to take a sick day or two–ha! I mean, achoo. 😉

For now, it is time for some tea, a blanket, and one of these many, many books. Now all that’s missing is accomplishment, but I will get there. Here’s to the moving bookmark–which will need to be ever in motion if these all are to get read this year!


5 responses »

  1. I’ve read a lot of the classics on that list, and some I still aim to get around to at some point. A few others I’ve read or want to read.

    I didn’t really like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I had a lot of fun reading the author’s next book Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

  2. Good luck with your mission! I have had this same mission for a while now as well and just started blogging about it last year. I have made a little progress in my list, but I keep getting distracted by newer books!

    I like your nice mix of classics and interesting fiction!

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