I have compiled a list of books that I want to read, or listen to, over the coming year. I like to listen to books when I’m doing mind numbing work or driving. However, I find that I retain information better when I read, as opposed to listen. I also enjoy imagining the voices for different characters. Although I must admit, there are a few audiobook narrators that are very talented. I especially enjoy Jim Dale, he narrated all of the Harry Potter books, among others. Dale changes his voice for every character and reads with true emotion. He captivates the mind and creates an immersive experience.
When I do actual reading, I prefer a tangible copy over digital. Digital copies are cheaper, easier to come by and better for the environment, but there is something about curling up with a book that truly appeals to me. I like the smell of old books and flicking through the pages. I enjoy marking my page and visually seeing my progression through the book. Above all, I desire to have a large personal library of books to display. I want to be the crazy old lady with a house full of books and cats.
As of this very moment, there are seven books that I began over the past few years and have yet to finish. It’s not as if I have become disinterested in them. Quite the contrary, I am keen to finish them. However, it would seem that I have the reading version of ADD. I am easily distracted and find it hard to come back to just one book. I blame the Internet for this. With a thousand lifetime’s worth of knowledge at my fingertips, I often bounce from site to site, subject to subject without a moment’s hesitation. If a topic or word, comes up during my reading that I find particularly interesting or vexing, I’ll stray from my reading and investigate said topic; often spending hours devouring new and somewhat interconnected subjects. Staying in one place for long is so last century
BOOKS TO FINISH
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – I attempted listening to the audio version at the beginning of this year, but found I wasn’t retaining enough information. The Silmarillion is very detailed and contains a lot of information about Tolkien’s history and lineage of Middle Earth.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglass Adams – I have a book containing the entire Hitchhiker’s series and read the first book of the series a while ago. I also listened to an audio version of the second book late last year, narrated by Martin Freeman. He did a nice job and because I saw the movie before reading the book, his voice fits perfectly with my imagination of the Arthur Dent character. I am torn between reading the third book and continuing with the audio series.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – The novel of which the wildly popular HBO series is based. Unable to read the books before the series’ inception, I started reading this book well into my viewing of the second season on a flight to Hawaii and that is where my progress ended.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins – I am nearly finished with this book and have only a few chapters to go. The arguments Dawkins presents are logical, succinct and quite useful. Although, I do find his presentation to be a bit pompous at times and this is coming from someone who is in complete agreement with him.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – I read the entire Percy Jackson series and have only begun to start Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. I admit, these are very childlike books, but I am drawn to them. Perhaps influenced by my childhood love of the Harry Potter books.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – I started re-reading this before the release of the second film, great movie by the way, and was unable to finish it before seeing the film. I’ve read the book before and know they story, but I find it uncomfortable leaving an unfinished book. It haunts the back of my mind.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – If not glaringly obvious by now, I am a huge Middle Earth fan. These books I have also read before, multiple times in fact. About a year or so ago, I began to re-read them and now they lie in a pile by my nightstand, waiting for me to finish them.
BOOKS TO READ
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Oh Myyy!: There Goes the Internet by George Takei
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
This year, my goal is to read each and every one of the aforementioned books. I like to make goals for every year, not resolutions, as that implies a firm determination that apparently I am incapable of. Goals however, are something to strive for. They are not resolute in their existence, but can be changed and rewarded. Failure, although inevitable, is something I despise. If I feel that I may fail in an endeavor, it is very likely that I will not even attempt it. Over the years, I have gotten better at this. Substituting goals for resolutions and purposely attempting things that I know I will fail at; often surprising myself and succeeding. My goal leaves me at approximately one book per month. Certainly an obtainable feat and one that I will reward with new books and perhaps a fancy new bookshelf to store them in.