I am thinking about what to put on my reading list for 2009.
I keep thinking about Proust. I keep waffling. It's hard to commit to something that's 4000 pages long and as I've been told is about sponges, insomnia, and other random thoughts. I never really thought too much about it until I watched this scene from Little Miss Sunshine.
So, I think I'm going to end up trying to read all seven volumes in 2009. That means the rest of my reading list is going to be much shorter than this year's list of 20--plus extras. (Speaking of that, I really need to finish those last three books as I'm running out of time in the calendar.)
The other thing I am thinking about while trying to make my list for next year is the topic of re-reading. I have never gone back and re-read a book. I have a somewhat frenzied outlook on book reading. There doesn't seem to be enough time to re-read anything. But then I listened to a Slate podcast about The Great Gatsby. All of the people on the podcast were re-reading the book years after having read it in high school. They talked about how re-reading is a mark of your own evolution and it's like revisiting and relearning things about yourself. And then I ran across a line of text where David Sedaris wrote that he re-reads his favorite book, Revolutionary Road, every single year. Both ideas are intriguing. So, I am considering adding one book next year to re-read. That book would definitely have to be Watership Down, a book I read and loved as a teenager.
To be continued in January...