If I make a list, and write it down here and give myself leave to actually really read these books this year, will I do it? I keep saying I want to read "X" book, and then I promptly ignore it. Maybe this should be my "the next ten books I am going to read" list. But other books keep getting in the way and I know that is not going to stop happening. So this is going to be my "ten books I am absolutely going to (try very hard to) read this year" list. There is still plenty of time--it's only March--surely I can fit in ten books. And once I get them read, you won't have to hear anymore how I want to read these books! So, topping the list is a book that sits by my bed, has come recommended, and that I very consistently say I want to read and then never do (and has appeared on more than one of my "challenge" reading lists...):
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy(remember how close I came last month to starting it?)
- The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas (I even read the intro in January in anticipation of reading it)
The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor(SOMEthing by her anyway) Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim
- Armadale by Wilkie Collins (or one of the other books by him that I haven't gotten around to reading) Am reading now.
- Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
- Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser (my lone nonfiction title on this list)
Castle d'Or by Daphne Du Maurier(I will allow wiggle room here--I have lots of books by Daphne, so any of them by her I've not yet read--and there are lots--is okay)
I feel like I don't need to even explain my reasoning on any of them as I have talked about them so much. So this is my own particular mini challenge. This is my no ifs-ands-or buts about it--I am going to read these books list (okay at least try really hard list)! War and Peace is my litmus test. If I can manage that, then surely I can read these ten books before the end of the year (a few are hefty reads, but none even slightly compare with W&P).
A little side note...no W&P update as I didn't get much read yesterday after I posted or today (so far anyway, though the day is not over with yet), but I do have something to say about David Copperfield. Miss Murdstone and Mr. Murdstone have got to be some of the most Annoying People in ALL of literature that I have met so far. I cringe when Davy is with them. I want to slap them. And I want Clara, Davy's mother, to grow a backbone. I don't think it is going to happen...