So, it's a new year again and time to look over my shelf for a must-reads list.
This is what I plan to read in 2011:
1. Brave New World-Dystopian novel I started to read in high school, got distracted and never got back to it
2. Rashomon-Sort of returning from last year. I read the short story last year, but I later realized I have two books that both include it in a collection of short stories. I'm reading the more recent one with an introduction by Haruki Murakami.
3. Corrections-One that's been waiting around on my shelf for years.
4. Persepolis-A literary graphic novel about being a woman in Iran
5. Perfume-Kept hearing about it a lot a couple of years ago but never got around to reading it
6. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes-After seeing the movie "retelling" in 2010 I suddenly have a new interest in Sherlock Holmes. I'm hoping to finish all 24 stories before the sequel comes out sometime this year
7. Razor's Edge-Haven't read anything by Maugham before
8. Reasons to Live-Curiosity. People seem to love or hate it but are hard pressed to understand why
9. Vampyre-For the obligatory October read
10. Member of the Wedding-About time to read something by McCullers
11. Castle Rackrent-A classic read
12. Sound of a Wild Snail Eating-Have been fascinated by this book's concept
This year's focus is more modern than the last few years. Other than two I believe all the books are 20th or 21st century reads. Also there are a lot more short stories than I usually read in a year.
Not specifically on the list but I also hope to get to the second volume of Proust. And I'd like to start a four-volume set of classic short stories. OK, here goes...