I am so underread. (And only someone underread would even dare use an expression as ‘underread’.) Itâ€™s true, I donâ€™t know a lick of contemporary literature. Except for the names you canâ€™t escape, like Dan Brown, Rowling, or Tolkien, the rest of the authorsâ€™ names stir no recall to me. You might as well be reading off the batting order of the ’87 Cubs for all I know– and it would indeed produce the same dumb look in my expression.
So in effort to combat my own literary ignorance, I’ve taken on a new campaign for the new year. My goal is to read all 100 books from the Modern Library Best 100 Reader’s list. Firstly, I refuse to call it a “New Year’s Resolution”, and thereby nominate it for failure. Instead, I’m going to stick to using the word “goal”. Sounds silly and irrelevant, I imagine. But you see, with the word “goal”, you don’t feel like such a loser when you fail– like when use the word “resolution”. Actually, I would even suggest that with a goal, no one really expects you to succeed, and when you do, your accomplishment is met with nothing but lavish praise and incredulity.
So there you have it: my 100 book reading list. And I extend to you the same challenge. Let’s make it a goal.