Saturday, November 7, 2009

Reader's Anxiety: The OMG the Year is Almost Over Edition

Ahhhhh November..... This week the time changed, Hope gave me an exhaustive draft of her Christmas list, and I realized that the end of the year is fast approaching.


How did we get through the entire year, ALLLL the way to November without my noticing. Now, in addition to all my crafting and baking to be done, I realize that it is time to set my final reading goals for the year. Before I can say "what happened to Edwin Drood?" the new year will be around the corner and I'll want to have a nice, new list of books to read.

Now, I should point out that it is 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I can't sleep so I'm doing the only (in)sane thing to do this early: drink cocoa and make copious lists/piles of books.

Here is my list of 12 books I want to read prior to December 31, 2009:

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (in progress)
Trial of Elizabeth Cree by Peter Ackroyd
Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
The Seance by John Harwood
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft
Villette by Charlotte Bronte

Originally I thought I should make the list "25 books to read" but I realized I should allow for library books and items on my shelf that suddenly catch my fancy.

It is close to 5 a.m. now; I'm off to pop some pumpkin scones in the oven and curl up with The Moonstone.


Giggly said...

I am so jealous of all the books you have read! The last book I finished was in August! :-/ I do need to make a list of these books that you recommend. :)

Catherine said...

something about the weather makes me want to read, knit, and curl up with huge steaming cups of cocoa while the snow gently covers the trees outside my window. too bad none of those things happen around here.

i just read rebecca, aren't you proud? i actually read a book lately.

in the meantime, i will just have book envy.

and it's kinda funny, but the word verification i have to type is "redum"... almost like redrum, which is eerily appropriate based on your reading list.

Thomas said...

I haven't read any of these. But the description of Villette prompted me to purchase it last week.

Amanda said...

Giggly: I admire how much you stitch; it takes me FOREVER to finish a project!

Catherine: I love Rebecca and, yes, I am quite proud! I don't see how you have time to even read one book with all the school work/art/baking/parenting you do. You're my idol.

Thomas: I remember reading Villette in college, but I don't remember it well. I do, however, remember liking it.