I haven't yet finished my 2008 list of books to read. In fact, this is the first year I've ever made a list of books to read. I was always sort of against the idea because I thought it made reading too stringent and boring. I believed the list would make reading less spontaneous and fun.
What I've come to realize is that I'm actually reading a lot more. The list is keeping me on track and making me super productive. (I'm easily distracted, so perhaps I needed to learn to a tad less spontaneous with my reading.) The lessons we learn aren't always the ones we set out to learn.
With only two and a half more books to get through on the list, I'm going to challenge myself some more:
11. Winesburg, Ohio (plan to read this during my July roadtrip to Ohio)
12. Madame Bovary (reading this one with a friend)
13. Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia (biography of growing up in Connecticut)
14. Housekeeping (suggested by a friend)
15. The Lottery and other Short Stories (because Shirley Jackson is one of my favorites)
16. The Enormous Room (biography of e.e.cummings's experience in a foreign prison)
17. Kafka on the Shore (because I've yet to read anything by Murakami)
18. Looking Backward (utopian novel I've been planning on reading since high school)
19. Day Off (on the 1001 book list and haven't ever read anything by Jameson)
20. Wuthering Heights (reading with a friend)