Weâ€™re almost two-thirds of the way through the year 2008, and itâ€™s about that time to look back at how well weâ€™ve kept up with our New Yearâ€™s resolutions. I only made one this year: to read the top 100 books from the Modern Libraryâ€™s Readerâ€™s List. So far, Iâ€™m not doing as well as I hoped. But all is not lost, at least not yet. Iâ€™ve got about 34 books down with 66 more to go. Two books Iâ€™m dreading are “Ulysses” and “Gravityâ€™s Rainbow,” which are lying on my bookshelf and seemingly weighing it down.
I will admit that Iâ€™ve made some modifications to the original list. A keen observer had noticed–and wrote a comment–that the list was excessively biased to a few authors, particularly L Ron Hubbard (founder of Scientology as you know) and Charles de Lint, an author of whom Iâ€™ve never in my life have heard of before. Since there were about a dozen novels by Lint on the list, I replaced a few of them with some of Jane Austenâ€™s works. L. Ron Hubbard books on the other hand have been completely expunged and replaced by others works including Gilmanâ€™s “Herland,” Octavia Butlerâ€™s “Patternmaster,” and Zamyatinâ€™s dystopian novel “We.” I havenâ€™t quite completed my â€œmodifications.â€ More Lint books are sure to get the axe soon, and be replaced by some suggested Latin American titles, that is, once Iâ€™ve acquired them.
Iâ€™m also taking another suggestion, and I’m going to start writing brief reviews on each book as I finish (something I wish I had thought of doing sooner).
Well, I hope your doing better at your own New Year’s Resolutions. Or maybe your one of the smart ones that didn’t make one at all!