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.
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.
2017 – Magari domain resto (Lorenzo Maroni)
2016 – Upstream (Mary Oliver)
2014 – Storia della bambina perduta (Elena Ferrante)
2013 – Careless people (Sarah Churchwell)
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)
2005 – Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
2004 – The Sunday Philosophy Club (Alexander McCall Smith)
2002 – Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
2001 – American Gods (Nail Gainmand)
2000 – Coram Boy (Jamila Gavin)
1997 – Paradise (Toni Morrison)
1991- Regeneration (Pat Barker)
1987 – Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
Needless to say any suggestions are very very welcome.