Tuesday, January 1, 2008

All I Want to Do is Read

Some days, I bemoan the fact that I'm a laboriously slow reader. People think that because I've read a lot of books, I'm a fast reader, but that simply isn't so. My daughter-in-law is a fast reader. My friend Bernadette from college who became a book reviewer is a phenomenally fast reader. Me, I'm just a plugger. I devote a good deal of time to reading but always feel like there is not enough time for all that I want to read. When I discovered audiobooks, I added hours to my reading time--thanks to my friend Christine who poked me in that direction for years before I tried it. Now I read/listen when I exercise, drive, and garden and sometimes when I do housework. But still I don't feel like there is enough time for reading.

Instead of writing new year's resolutions, one of my favorite bloggers, Alison Luterman, over at See How We Almost Fly wrote a list of books she wants to read in 2008. Allow me to copy that practice. Here are the books I want to read this year in no particular order:

The Gathering by Anne Enright

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman (non-fiction)

Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill

Waiting by Ha Jin

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (and his new book too)

The Denial of Death Ernest Becker (non-fiction)

Who is My Self? A Guide to Buddhist Meditation by Ayya Khema

Speciman Days by Michael Cunningham

A History of Love by Nicole Krause

The Pacific and Other Stories by Mark Helprin

Here are the poets I will read this year: Mary Rose O'Reilley, Patricia Fargnoli, Alicia Ostricker, Leonard Cohen.

I would love to have recommendations from friends who read. Andrea, Anne, Christine are you there? Please all of you readers tell me your "must reads."



Owl2u said...

I'll have to think about what I want to read and get back to you. I just wanted you to have a comment on your first new year's entry because you are always sad to not have any comments...:) Here's to more comments...:)

Annie said...

My to read list. . . bet you're surprised I even have one. . . currently includes "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time", Curious Lives, a reread of the Dancing Wu-Li Masters, finish The Mathematics of Poker and Leadership and the New Science. I think you might enjoy the first one as well as a reread of the Wu-Li Masters.