Top Ten Tuesday, let's see where it takes us...
The Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011?
1. Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer. I've been wanting and WANTING to read this book, but I think I might save it for next month and make my entire book club read it. What do you think about that?
2. The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor. Mm, I started this in 2009. 'Bout time I finished it. Especially considering that I've really enjoyed most of the stories. I need to crack the whip!
3. Possession, A.S. Byatt. I need to pull up my pants and just jump in. I'm nervous that I won't like it as much as everyone seems to, so I keep procrastinating. What can I do to force myself to read it?
4. 1776, David McCullough. I love the topic, I love the author, I even have two different versions of this title. What on earth am I waiting for?
5. At Home, Bill Bryson. It's been TWO YEARS since I've read anything of Bill Bryson's. How sad is that? Pretty sad, considering I find him quite entertaining. Every time I read one of his books I actually consider writing him a letter. And then I chicken out.
6. Some new, current poetry. Not a specific title, I know, and this probably belongs more on a resolutions type list, but still. I want to get caught up on the poetry scene.
7. Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak. This is on my Classics Challenge, so really no excuse to not read it. I used to love the movie in high school, still haven't read the book.
8. True Grit, Charles Portis. Saw the new movie, fell in love, must read book now, praying it will be as great as the movie, the end.
9. Redemption Falls, Joseph O'Connor. Loved Star of the Sea, and this one about the Revolution looks like a good place to go next.
10. How Green Was My Valley, Richard Lleewellyn. This was the other serious book (apart from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) that I loved in high school. I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn so much more on my re-read, that I must find out if the same happens with this one.
Hopefully these books will make it off the Idealistic Goal list and onto the Realistic Goal list. I'd read them all in an instant if I could, but these things do take time, don't they? I suppose that is part of the reason they make such an impact on us. Wish me luck!