- I can collect all the LISTS in the world.
- I can join a million reading challenges.
- But a book all comes down to my mood.
- At the moment…I’m in a rant mood.
- I’ve been so disappointed with a few classics on
- Modern Library’s list of best 100 novel…so dejected.
- Who puts three James Henry books on the list
- …one was more than enough?
- The Postman Always Rings Twice,
- From Here to Eternity, Kim, Catcher In The Rye
- USA by Dos Passos and The Magnificient Ambersons
- …are good but not TOP 100 novel-ish.
- So I have decided to replace the Books I Dread
- with some books I really want to read.
- Terry Pratchett was a very wise man…..
- I took the time to think for myself and choose books
- Some are diamonds…some are glass…
- but most important
- ….they are all books I want to read
Science fiction: Fahrenheit 451 – R. Bradbury
- I always thought that science fiction was just mumbo-jumbo.
- How wrong I have been.
- In 1953 SF moved from magazines to the novel genre.
- There was a market for these books filled with veiled
- commentary on the times.
- Bradbury touches on destruction of culture (book burning by Nazis)
- public’s addiction to TV, the power of advertising and McCarthyism.
- This is just the first SF book I will read.
- I want to learn about all that I have been missing!
Science fiction: The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin
- I hope Ursula Le Guin wins the Nobel Prize one day.
- It should be soon because she is 88 years old.
- What is her strength?
- She gives us a view from the other side…
- showing us that that our perception of reality may be incomplete.
- The author M. Chabon says Le Guin gave 21st C writers new tools
- to work in the “borderlands,” the place where the fantastic enters literature.
Biography: Orwell – M. Shelden
- I found this book by accident.
- Again…dreading books by George Orwell I thought
- if I learn more about the man….reading his books would be easier.
Fiction: 1984 – G. Orwell
- Ironically after reading the introduction to the Orwell the biography
- 1984 is a the only book from my ‘dread’ list that
- …I am keeping on my list.
Fiction: The Slow Natives – T. Astley
- After reading K. Lamb’s biography about the author…I was hooked.
- Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (2015)
- Now I’m reading all of Astley’s books in chronological order.
Short Stories: several collections
- I need a quick read while
- …drinking my morning coffee with the cats.
- Short stories have never lost their artistic value
- …but I seldom read them!
- I am going to choose stories from several collections:
- The New York Stories – Edith Wharton
- The Early Stories – John Updike 1/103
- Complete Stories of – Dorothy Parker
- The Rendezvous and other Stories – Daphne du Maurier
- Collected Stories – Katherine Mansfield
- Complete Stories of – Flannery O’ Connor
- The Collected Stories – William Trevor
Crime fiction: several choices
- I will try yet again to read more crime fiction.
- Le Carré – The Perfect Spy
- Len Deighton – Berlin Game
- Rex Stout – Some Buried Caesar – READING
- Olen Steinhauer – An American Spy
- D. Sayers – Strong Poison
- I have several books written ‘about books, authors and plays’.
- In the past I never allowed myself the time to read them.
- Now it is time…to slow down and enjoy these books.
- Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson – S. Shannon, S. Richards
- Introduction to the American Short Story – M. Scofield
- The Figure of the Detective – C. Brownson
- Seamus Heaney – H. Vendler
- The Politics: in Shakespeare’s History Plays – U. Kizelbach
Magazine: The New Yorker
- I have been reading this magazine since grammar school.
- The literary content was beyond me at the time
- …I just loved the cartoons.
- Now every week the magazine arrives…and I ignore it.
- No time to read it….I say to myself.
- Now I’m making time to…
- enjoy one of the best magazine in the world!
- Issue 26 June 2017 – READ cover to cover – 03.07.2017
- I find the slower I go…the more I want to do!
- Terry Pratchett said something that really stayed with me:
- “So much universe…so little time.”
- Clive Jones poems Sentenced to Life is a book I cherish.
- In his title poem he said:
- “No birds touch down in the trees without me seeing them.
- I count bees.”
- A True lesson in slowing down…
- …and end of rant.