Looking forward to 2010. This is the third year I'm making a list of books I must read in the coming year. So far it's helped me to read more than I normally think I have time for. The first year I made an ambitious list of 24 books, last year it was 12. I think I'm going to stick to 12 as a rule. It's not too much pressure and it's psychologically one book per month.
This is what I'm most interested in reading in 2010:
1. Confidence Man-A less well known Dickens novel
2. Rashomon-Been on the shelf and going to see the restored movie in a few months*
3. The Catcher in the Rye-Because I should have read this one by now
4. Wanting Seed-Obligatory dystopian novel
5. Wind-Up Bird Chronicle-Because I seem to be reading one Murakami a year and this was the one I intended to start with years ago
6. Hindsight-A book that was seen/mentioned on Lost
7. Island of Dr. Moreau-Because I have to read something creepy every year in October
8. To the Wedding-I've meant to read a Berger fictional work for years
9. The Professor's House-I've never actually read anything by Willa Cather
10. Heart of Darkness-Another classic I never got around to reading
11. Notes from the Underground-Introducing myself to Dostoevsky
12. Body Artist-Another author I've yet to read
I think the theme this year is mostly to read people and books that I've missed or put off.
I'm also going to continue with In Search of Lost Time. I have no idea how many volumes I'll get through so I'm not going to put any pressure on myself. I might finish it or I might just read one more book. We'll see. Just really looking forward to this year's reading list.
*Since I discovered late in the year that Rashomon is a short story in a collection of short stories, I decided just to read Rashomon and to add The Haunted Man by Charles Dickens to the list as a supplement.