Monday, August 24, 2009

Mapping the Journey

OK! Before you take any journey you need a map. Well I do anyway otherwise who knows where I'll end up. So for the 101010 challenge I've chosen the following categories and have begun putting together my reading piles. It's led to some interesting discussions with my husband who is a former English/Literature professor and not a little opinionated.

I'm having a little difficulty pinning things to one category versus another since many of these could be easily put into more than one. Already own everything I chose for the history category which made me realize I've developed a very bad habit of picking these up from the bargain rack and then never reading them. Finding poets was made simple by using the LT search feature and seeing what others had in their libraries. Reading bits and pieces of poems from reviews made for a pleasant few hours with Bill.

Very undecided on Classics and Foreign Authors, input is needed!

2010 10/10 Challenge

* Book not yet owned

1) Series/ favorite authors

2) Travel Essays
Round Ireland With A Fridge
My Mercedes is Not for Sale
A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler
A Walk in the Woods
* The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
What Am I Doing Here? – Chatwin
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living At Large in The World - Gelman
An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan – Elliot
Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World - Iyer

3) Classics (previously unread)
Remembrance of Things Past
The Canterbury Tales (original language)
Giovanni’s Room
The Decameron
The Tenant of Windfell Hall – A. Bronte

4) Poets (previously unread)
Charles Kingsley
Rainer Maria Rilke
* Coney Island of the Mind – Ferlinghetti
20 Love Poems & a Song of Despair – Neruda
* Complete Poems 1927-1979 – Bishop
If Not, Winter: Fragments - Sappho
* The Dream Songs – Berryman
* Love is a Dog from Hell – Bukowski
* Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
* Maya Angelou: Poems

5) History
The Histories - Herodotus
Almost History: Close Calls, Plan B’s, and Twists of Fate in Americas History
The Gifts of the Jews
Great Feuds in History Ten Struggles that Shaped the World
Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life
A Crack in Edge of the World: America & the Great California Quake of 1906
The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of its Greatest Inventors
Salt: A World history
Voyage of the Damned
Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

6) Book Club Books

7) Random Books from my Unread Shelf
Beasts of No Nation

8) Authors from other countries
The Song of the World
Kaddish for a Child Not Born
The Space Between Us

9) Christian/Religion
Pilgrim’s Progress
Where God Was Born: A Journey By Land to the Roots of Religion
When God Was a Woman
Eternity in Their Hearts
Toward Old Testament Ethics

10) Children/Young Adult
13 Little Blue Envelopes – M. Johnson

I've also jumped into the "Review that Book" thread on LT and am a bit nervous about what I'll end up reading when someone chooses an unreviewed book from my library. PLEASE let it not be some hideously boring book my husband chose!

Time to shut down this machine and go read! Tonight it's "Laced with Magic"

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