About this time last year I cracked down on my reading piles and finished nearly all my partially read books by the end of the year (the one exception was War and Peace, which I couldn't manage at the time, but I did finish it earlier this year!). I am feeling very much in the mood to do this again. There are too many stragglers on my night stand--I won't even admit to how long ago I started some of these books--but it's time to get things back under control. I have a few reading projects in mind for next year, so it would be nice to have a manageable pile of books once again. I know it won't last (inevitably I will fall again into my bad habits I'm sure), but it's nice to finish the year with a clean slate. This is not to say I won't read other things (or start them at least) before the end of the year, but these are the books I absolutely want to finish before the end of 2007!
Daphne du Maurier , Margaret Forster Journal , Katherine Mansfield Devices and Desires , P.D. James David Copperfield , Charles Dickens
- Armadale, Wilkie Collins -- I might as well start from the beginning (or at least skim over what little I've read). Out of all these books, I have the most pages to read in this one.
The Necklace and Other Tales , Guy de Maupassant Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont , Elizabeth Taylor Not Yet Drown'd , Peg Kingman Fire in the Blood , Irene Nemirovsky-- I have the least number of pages to read in this one--I will finish it tonight. And it's been a very good read! Mysteries of Udolpho , Ann Radcliffe(RIP Challenge) Kristin Lavransdatter , Sigrid Undset
- The Rainbow, D.H. Lawrence (Outmoded Authors Challenge)
Perfume , Patrick Suskind
Thirteen books. Ten weeks. 3,900+ pages to read (fewer than last year). It would be nice to get the stack back down to a nice round number like five or six (I know, I know...but for me, this works...honestly). Now to decide whether to approach each book individually and systematically read through the list, or keep on juggling (my usual m.o.)? I guess I know what I'll be reading for the next couple of months!