Saturday, January 01, 2011

100 BOOKS | 100 Books To Read 2011 - The Planning

People who have been reading this blog since it first started probably recall the 100 Books to Read lists. This blog was first started to alleviate boredom at work, but slowly evolved into a place where I kept track of my reading. I started drawing up a list of 100 books I aspire to read every year, fully conscious of the fact that real life makes it almost impossible to finish 100 books in a year -- but going ahead anyway. None of us will ever truly be able to finish all the books we want to read in this life-time anyway, so we might as well just try and enjoy the ride: The journey is the destination.

I have decided to revive the 100 Books To Read List for 2011. It has been something I enjoyed doing for several years -- but I have neglected it the past two years. I guess this is as much a sign that the circumstances in my life is finally improving.

For 2011, I hope to finally tackle Ryszard Kapuscinski, to read more history -- and maybe finally finish some of the classics I have always wanted to read.

As it is every year, the list is fluid and evolving, full of good intentions.

100 Books To Read 2011

  1. Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human • Richard Wrangham
    [23/12/2010 ~

  2. A Paradise Built in Hell • Rebecca Solnit
    [14/12/2010 ~

  3. Let the Right One In • John Ajvide Lindqvist
    [Translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg]
    [18/11/2010 ~

  4. The Classical World • Robin Lane Fox

  5. Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World • Samantha Power

  6. The Shadow of the Sun • Ryszard Kapuscinski

  7. The Histories • Herodotus

  8. Guns, Germs and Steel • Jared Diamond

  9. No Logo • Naomi Klein

  10. War and Peace • Leo Tolstoy
    [translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky]

  11. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi • Geoff Dyer

  12. Out of Sheer Rage: In the Shadow of D.H. Lawrence • Geoff Dyer

  13. The Death of Ivan Ilyich & Other Stories • Leo Tolstoy
    [translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky]

  14. Just Kids • Patti Smith

  15. Eat, Pray, Love • Elizabeth Gilbert
    [02/12/2010 ~ 08/12/2010]

As you can see- the list is still in the planning process.


Chasing Snails said...

You seem to be missing this book from your list:

The Zombie Survival Guide
By Max Brooks

darkorpheus said...

Zombies are not allowed where I live.

Melwyk said...

I love your lists! Making lists is half the fun of reading, I think -- maybe that is why I like reading challenges. I make big lists, but don't feel too obliged to follow them ;)