It’s only November, but already I’ve surpassed the number of books I read last year. This year, same as last, I’ve set my goal of reading 50 books. Last year I got up to 27 books, and this year, so far, I’ve read 32.
I’m 18 books short of my goal, and though 32 is a personal record in itself, I don’t think there’s any way for me to read 18 books in the next 42 days.
More for my own benefit than anything, to sort of organize myself and to make reading plans more concrete, here are the books I’m planning to read for the rest of the year:
1. The Comfort of Strangers (Ian McEwan) – My copy just arrived today from bookdepository. I read in a recent McEwan interview that this book may be his greatest book ever. An intriguing claim that must be confirmed.
2. A Personal Matter (Kenzaburo Oe) – A recent birthday present of sorts. Actually, the birthday present was a gift card to a book store, and this was one of the books I bought with it.
3. NOS4R2 (Joe Hill) – This is the other book I bought with the same gift card I used to buy A Personal Matter.
4. The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan) – 2014 Booker Prize winner. Intriguing, but seems a bit too serious (and too long) for the busy holiday season. I may just put this off until 2015.
5. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) – I read my first ever Agatha Christie novel this year, And Then There Were None, and I fairly enjoyed it. Roger Ackroyd came highly recommended as one of Christie’s best.
6. This Side of Paradise (F. Scott Fitzgerald) – Maybe….
7. A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway) – Also a maybe…depends on my mood.
8. In Evil Hour (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) – Depends on whether or not it arrives before the end of the year.
9. Hansel and Gretel (Neil Gaiman) – An illustrated short story which won’t take too long to read…
10. The Sleeper and the Spindle (Neil Gaiman) – Also depends on whether or not it gets here in time to see the year end.
11. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami) – I somehow feel like reading just one more Murakami novel, making my total for the year, 4.
I think that’s about it, though I could be missing one or two titles. I’m still currently reading book 3 of the Gentleman Bastard series, The Republic of Thieves, and Albert Camus’ The Fall.
What about you, what are your holiday reading plans?