As a child I loved to read. I wasn’t the fastest, but I always enjoyed every story I ever read. I read pretty well into my lat 20’s, but when I moved to San Francisco and travelled more I found myself reading less.
This year, 2017, I started going more to my local thrift stores and Goodwills and before I knew it I’d had a bit of a book collection going, but a book stuck on a shelf is no good, with a story to tell it’s only really living when it can tell you that story. So in the last quarter of this year I set a challenge for myself to read 4 books. No page requirements. Just enjoyment.
This year I wanted to keep the reading momentum going with 12 new books. One a month. I went through my books and selected the lucky 12.
Here’s the list:
- “Streets of Laredo” by Larry McMurtry
- “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
- “The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann Wyss
- “1984” by George Orwell
- “Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America” by Linda Lawrence Hunt (more about Helga here)
- “The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog” by James W Sire
- “The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien
- “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” by JRR Tolkien
- “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” by JRR Tolkien
- “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” by JRR Tolkien
- “The Yosemite” by John Muir
- “Hollywood” by Charles Bukowski
Now this list may not be mind blowing or maybe even scholarly reads, to make sure I stuck with this little personal challenge I wanted to try and find a bit of variety, and maybe something I’ve always wanted to read.
Once I complete each book I’ll do a little blog post about it, giving my thoughts and a bit about the books without giving any plot away. I’d hate for someone to think of reading this then change their minds because of a goof ball thing I said here, or maybe you’re psyched on the book and want to read it yourself so I won’t blow the plot.
Life is often a mystery.
Now, of course if I finish these books before the end of the year, by some miracle, I’ll add more books to the reading pile, but until then.
I look forward these books and sharing my thoughts with all of you.