Books I left Behind
Well, I've been tagged in a gratuitously favoritist manner by Ezra (thanks!) to list books I never read but feel like I should, or books I started but never finished. This is my very first meme-type thing, and I have a feeling I won't be so excited about it from now on. So while I'm still giddy, here it goes:
1. The Feminist Canon.
I am an ardent feminist, but I have serious issues when it comes to the literary grounding of my views. I own but have not read The Feminine Mystique and The Second Sex. And all the other feminist canon stuff. I'm terrible about that.
2. I did not finish One Hundred Years of Solitude. The book started out wonderfully; the world was so unique, the events so magical, and I was completely enthralled for 150 pages. Then I got really confused about the names and family relations, but perservered to about 250 pages. Finally I decided this book wasn't as great as everyone else thought it was, and I put it down and read American Dreams by Jason Deparle (it was time for a non-fiction).
3. I'm especially embarrassed about this one, and I'm unsure I should even mention it. I, Kate, started but could not get into ... Catch 22. There. I said it. I don't know why, but this book had no appeal to me. I read a good 60 pages and never felt a spark of inspiration, and generally disliked it.
4. I've never read Lolita and always felt I should. Like Ezra, I'm totally ignorant of classics, never read Faulkner, Joyce, etc. I'd also like to pick up something by Virginia Woolf.
5. Unlike Ezra, I was raised protestant and have read numerous sections of the bible (see post below). I have no desire to read the book in its entirety, because I fear my head will explode. I would, however, really like to read something by the Dalai Llama. I'm so struck by the beautiful tenents of Buddhism, and would like to explore the spiritual practices further.
Alright, done! That said, I am embarking, starting June 20, on an ambitious summer reading list. I suppose I must add some of the former to it. Any suggestions for my multi-disciplinary reading list are greatly appreciated.
I'm passing the torch to:
Sue, of Sue and not U because she is unbelievably hilarious and interesting, and I have to know what she reads.
And my friends Hannah and Callie