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I Need To Start Reading More

The past few months have been… interesting.  That’s to say the least.  There was a 40+ day medical mystery, lots of travel for work and play, lots of wine.  There’s more change on the horizon… but nothing I’m interested in putting on the internet just yet.  I do want to talk about reading, though.

While I’m continuing to write on Storium (I’m currently in three games), I haven’t done much personal writing.  That’s because, since accepting my current position with the awesome folk at Digital Firefly Marketing, I’m writing daily for work and my creative needs are met.  In addition to writing I do lots of other stuff… mostly SEO, and I got to do social media for a week.  That was a trip.  Outside of work I’ve been back to listening to a TON of music and have gotten sucked into some great podcasts.  That said, I am generally late to the game so I binge to catch up.  I am officially caught up on EVERYTHING, except today’s episode of my fav podcast (Mysterious Topics).  I realized yesterday that I was caught up.  I realized a few other things, too:

  1. My rate of reading books has completely dropped.  Along with this I’ve also recognized that my need to read one more book per month each year is kind of stupid.  I have this thing about benchmarks.  It’s pointless.  But I do love to read.
  2. I haven’t even started Lisa’s latest selection.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that my girlfriend and I have a book club.  We were TEARING IT UP for a while there.  This is because Lisa is, quite literally, the luckiest book picker outer ever.  Actually, she’s probably the best but I’m not ready to admit that fully yet.  Every book Lisa picks is devoured.  Every book I pick is a dud.  I haven’t started her latest because I just haven’t been reading.
  3. There are many books I should have read by this point that I have not.  I’m not sure how I’ve been assigned to read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness twice in high school and at least six times in college and yet haven’t read Slaughterhouse-Five or The Invisible Man but that’s the case.

When I realized these things I decided to find a list of 100 books to read before death and start on it.  Let me be clear: I find these types of lists to be arbitrary.  I find them obnoxious more often than not.  But, that said, I need a point to start from and a list kind of fits my personality.  So I made a spreadsheet, I figured out what I’ve read, what I own, etc. and after I finish The Square Root of Summer and Lisa’s pick for this “month” I’m going to start on it.  Here it is:

  1. 1984
  2. A Brief History of Time
  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  4. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition
  5. A Wrinkle in Time (I’d love to read this again)
  6. Alice Munro: Selected Stories
  7. Alice In Wonderland
  8. All The President’s Men
  9. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
  10. Bel Canto
  11. Beloved
  12. Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  13. Breath, Eyes, Memory
  14. Catch-22
  15. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  16. Charlotte’s Web
  17. Cutting For Stone
  18. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  19. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
  20. Dune
  21. Fahrenheit 451 (how have I never read this?)
  22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
  23. Gone Girl
  24. Goodnight Moon (I have always been creeped out by this book.  And Christopher Walken.  Needless to say, this scene from The Simpsons is the stuff of my worst nightmares)
  25. Great Expectations
  26. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
  27. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (I finally read this series over the last few months)
  28. In Cold Blood
  29. Interpreter of Maladies
  30. Invisible Man
  31. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth
  32. Kitchen Confidential
  33. Life After Life
  34. Little House on the Prairie
  35. Lolita
  36. Love in the Time of Cholera
  37. Love Medicine
  38. Man’s Search for Meaning
  39. Me Talk Pretty One Day
  40. Middlesex
  41. Midnight’s Children
  42. Moneyball
  43. Of Human Bondage
  44. On The Road
  45. Out of Africa
  46. Persepolis
  47. Portnoy’s Complaint
  48. Pride and Prejudice
  49. Silent Spring
  50. Slaughterhouse-Five
  51. Team of Rivals
  52. The Age of Innocence
  53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  54. The Autobiography of Malcom X
  55. The Book Thief
  56. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  57. Catcher in the Rye
  58. The Color of Water
  59. The Corrections
  60. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
  61. The Diary of Ann Frank
  62. The Fault in Our Stars
  63. The Giver (This is probably my fav of all time and I’ve read it a million times)
  64. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
  65. The Great Gatsby
  66. The Handmaid’s Tale (Another favorite)
  67. The House at Pooh Corner
  68. The Hunger Games
  69. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  70. The Liar’s Club: A Memoir
  71. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympian, Book 1)
  72. The Petite Prince (Yet another fav)
  73. The Long Goodbye
  74. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
  75. The Lord of the Rings
  76. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
  77. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
  78. The Phantom Tollbooth
  79. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
  80. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
  81. The Right Stuff
  82. The Road
  83. The Secret History (The greatest novel ever written)
  84. The Shining
  85. The Stranger
  86. The Sun Also Rises
  87. The Things They Carried (If you’ve never read this it’s brilliant)
  88. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  89. The Wind in the Willows
  90. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicals: A Novel
  91. The World According to Garp
  92. The Year of Magical Thinking
  93. Things Fall Apart
  94. To Kill A Mockingbird
  95. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  96. Valley of the Dolls
  97. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  98. Where the Wild Things Are

Somehow I have lost two books in the transposing of my list… I’ll add them at some point and edit this post.  Two books doesn’t make a big difference when there are that many to read.  I won’t be going in order but I have committed to not using my credits for anything but these as I work my way through.


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