– 2018/5 – 48 years of books

Last year, in vain, as it turned out, I attempted to read through the huge basket of books by my bed.   I had the brilliant idea of reading books in alphabetical order by author… one book per letter, A through to Z ,and as a boost, I even gave myself the permission of buying a new book (one of life greatest pleasures, no doubt) if I didn’t own one whose author started with a particular letter.  The idea was truly brilliant and fun… but I wasn’t.

As you know I failed miserably.  I think I got to the letter E… and then I lost the book… and then I got totally sidetracked and … well the rest is history.  That particular book is still missing, I’m thinking it ended up in a charity pile, and the basket of books is now well and truly overflowing.

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So this year I’m trying something else.  First of all I purged the basket (still purging) of all the books I categorically know  I will never want to read.  None were presents, all impulse buys from charity shop.  (What was I thinking!!).

Then after seeing a similar ploy on Instagram I decided I’m going to try reading a book published in each year since my birth, and since I’m turning 48 (gulp) in June… that’s 48 books.  Probably VERY ambitious… but I don’t HAVE to do it in 12 months exactly, right?  Nor I intend to do it in any order either, which should help my weak staying power

Also I think it will be fun reading books from different decades…

These is the list so far.  The one crossed out is my current read.

2018

2017 – Magari domain resto (Lorenzo Maroni)

2016 – Upstream (Mary Oliver)

2014 – Storia della bambina perduta (Elena Ferrante)

2013 – Careless people (Sarah Churchwell)

2012

2011 – The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)

2010 – Salar the Salmon (Henry Williamson)

2009 – Let the gread world spin (Colum McCann)

2008 – The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)

2007

2006

2005 – Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

2004 – The Sunday Philosophy Club (Alexander McCall Smith)

2003

2002 – Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)

2001 – American Gods (Nail Gainmand)

2000 – Coram Boy (Jamila Gavin)

1999

1998

1997 – Paradise (Toni Morrison)

1996

1995

1994

1993

1992

1991- Regeneration (Pat Barker)

1990

1989

1988

1987 – Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)

1986

1985

1984

1983

1982

1981

1980

1979

1978

1977

1976

1975

1974

1973

1972

1971

1970

 

Needless to say any suggestions are very very welcome.

 

 

 

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