I would say that I read a lot of books. A lot more than (most) of my friends and family. But there’s always a number of books that I read or hear about that I still haven’t got around to reading. It seems that everyone in the bloggisphere, the newspapers and on the train has read them. Do I nod intelligently when people discussed them, keeping my ignorance quiet or do I shout it out to the world? I’m compromising – I’m letting you know that I haven’t read these.
I hadn’t undertaken any challenges in 2012 for several reasons. The first being that I’ve gone back to uni and am studying by correspondence, so I wasn’t sure about the kind of impact it would have on my reading time. It hasn’t been too bad so far. The second reason is that I feel pressured by the need to tick off my challenges – I don’t like having things on the to-do list if they can be achieved with relative ease.
So I present to you, my head bowed, a list of books I want to read this year that everyone else has:
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
(I bought this from Borders. Enough said?)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
(Was put off this one when someone I detested said I must read it. Haven’t even seen the movie).
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
(An English class at school had to read this – not my class. We read Pride and Prejudice).
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
(This was bought from a physical Angus & Robertson store!)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
(Had planned to read this earlier until a friend said it was the saddest book she’d ever read – and we were working in a pretty sad place at the time!)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
(Not sure why I’ve never got around to this. It looks like something I’d really like).
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
(Going to blame this on Bryce writing this when I was still reading The Babysitters Club. I’ve read a lot of his more recent books, so this should be read too.)
Bossypants by Tina Fey
(Never watched 30 Rock but it seems like this is one of the most funny books out there).
What do you think? Have I picked a good list or should I retreat now?