And so, dear non-readers who are neither reading this nor caring, I have come to a great decision – I must carry on with my quest. I must read and I must write, audience or not. (I know, mostly not). I am not really happy if I am not doing those two things, although knitting comes quite close in the running, so – there you have it. First, above all things, I must read.
Like all things with me, oh absentee-audience, I must have a plan and a theme to really get myself going for a while. So, I present to you (or me, since I am the only one reading this), #ThePlan v.2017. Thuswith (because I have never used that word and apparently it does not exist in the Word dictionary), I announce that 2017 will be the year of Enlightenment, Entertainment, and Education. For each of the first two categories, I have a selection of books that (I think) will fit the bill:
- Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo
- A Room With A View – E.M. Forster
- And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie (And here I am taking feedback as to whether or not this book is in the correct category. Entertainment? I shall ponder. . .)
- Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
- Moby Dick – Herman Melville
- Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzynitzen (or however you spell it. I will look it up)
- A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway (I *know* how to spell that one)
- Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkein (this is about the millionth time I’ve tried to read this. Wish me luck)
- Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
- Cotillion – Georgette Heyer
- Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
- Wildfire at Midnight – Mary Stewart
- Middlemarch – George Eliot (Once again – category placement is questionable. I recall Silas Marner from the 10th grade. . .deep thoughts on this)
- Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
- The Martian – Andy Weir
- Harvest Home – Thomas Tryon (Is horror entertaining or horrifying? What is it with me and horror? Shades of Apocalypse Now and Brando are swirling about in my head.)
- The Custom of the Country – Edith Wharton
- Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
- North and South – Elizabeth Gaskelll
- Coraline – Neil Gaiman
To be perfectly truthful, I haven’t picked out anything for this category. I know it will *not* be The Seven Habits for Highly Effective People. That saw was sharpened long ago and really never did me much good. I’m more along the lines of the Dalai Lama, The Last Lecture, live your dreams sort of crap. At my age, education is an odd thing. Am I preparing to live or preparing to die? I don’t know yet. But I might as well be prepared for both, so there you have it.
So, here is I sit, talking to myself. I toss my words to the winds and let them blow where they will. Or not. It is neither here nor there to me at this point.
And, absentee-audience, I add one true disclaimer.
*Disclaimer: While I intend to read 36 books according to #thePlan v. 2017, all bets are off if George R. R. Martin publishes The Winds of Winter. I reserve the right to call a hiatus and read all six books two times, should that publication occur.
So, my table is set and I am ready to embark on a year of reading and writing. May my reading be pleasant (and George R.R. Martin adds one – or six – more books to read) and my writing be improved. You may not read it, but I write it.
It is enough.