Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea has come up with a brilliant challenge to ensure that we actually read the books we want to read before we die! (Click the picture for her post.) I’ve found that I’m collecting a pile (increasing in size every few months) of books that I want to read… but I’m not reading. Most of these are books like my collection of Leo Tolstoy’s works – which weighs as much as a blue whale and has text the size of an ant infant. Despite these discouraging factors, I’m certain I want to read the collection before I die – and, as books like it could take me an entire lifetime to read, and every moment I’m inching closer to that deadline – death, I’m fairly certain the best rational time to read books like that Leo Tolstoy collection would be as soon as humanly possible.
Diane’s challenge is perfect. It will keep me honest and true – and reading. Here are the guidelines (quoted from her site):
Between now and December 31, 2009, make a list of either 10 to 20 Books to Read Before You Die. (depending on interest, this may be an annual event challenge). The books on your list can come from your stacks or the library, and be in print or audio format. Next, make a tentative list and post it on your blog. Finalize your titles by December 31, 2009. (No changes to the list after that date). Once you’ve created your post with tentative titles, THEN sign up using Mr. Linky, by pasting the link to your post, along with your name/blog name. This is how you will be registered. All bloggers who complete the challenge will be entered in giveaway to win an Amazon Gift Card. Questions/comments, please feel free to comment or email me.
I’m determined to remain determined. I will read these books:
- Anna Karenina
- War and Peace
- The Cossaks
- Great Expectations
- Moby Dick
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- War of the Worlds
- Crime and Punishment
- The Lord of the Rings
Wow! That list seems never-ending! Let us hope I can make it through! I’ll need to reward myself somehow when I finish the few of those that are more than 1,000 pages long – two new books, perhaps?