|A sample of my bookshelf|
Of course the best way to start of a New Year is to tell yourself all the new books you're going to get read finally. And while this is a more than common refrain, it is nevertheless a good one. And I am going to read everything.
Ha, hardly. But to cover some classics I have not yet read, and to get some books on my shelf finally read, I am making a goal of reading at least 40 books this year. (And it is also a way of finding out which books actually deserve a spot on my shelf). I think I can do more, but let's try to keep it manageable, shall we. Speaking to myself So this is my current list:
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations (first on my list, really)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit (an annual endeavor--my favorites)
The Lucy Montgomery Album
Grimms' Fairy Tales
The Wizard of Oz (five books at least)
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Secret Life of Bees
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Two Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Many of those on on my shelf, so that should take care of some "unread" space. And I am, of course, expecting many of those to completely earn their spots in my bookcase.
Now--trying to finish all of Shakespeare's works before the year's end just might be too much. But that's just one of my habits--biting off more than I can chew. I enjoy the challenge. I have to have a challenge or I get incredibly bored incredibly quickly. So. I'm going to have to set the timer to see how long it is before my brain starts melting and draining from my ears. I have yet to actually order the edition of Shakespeare's Works that I want--I have to wait for another shipment to come in. This one (according to the descriptin, has some hitherto unpublished work. So I definitely want it. Hopefully it will be worth my while.
We'll see though. And for some of the other things...The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Great Expectations. Browsing British dramas on Amazon Prime actually introduced me with those--I have obviously heard of Great Expectations, just have never gotten my hands on it. Both adaptions (speaking from a newbie's point of view) were absolutely enthralling. I enjoyed them so much, and intrigued me to no end. The characters and setting and the whole psychology behind motives/perceptions was incredible. Now I can't wait to read the books. That is the gift of good adaptions--introducing us into something that is definitely worth reading.
So here's to a new year of reading, finding new stories, and hopefully learning good things along the way. That's the purpose of good writing. May this be a year of inspiration. (And from a writing perspective, I need it).
~E. C. Shore