Tales of Yesteryear and Today (2013 fiction reading goal)

By realitybites · Dec 20, 2012 ·
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  1. *Update May 8, 2013: I am failing miserably at following through with my fiction reading goal. I have fallen back into my old, comfortable ways. When I have the time, I am reading non-fiction exclusively. Old habits die hard. I think I should just give it a rest. We only have so much leisure time in our lives. Instead of feeling guilty for not reading fiction, perhaps I should just accept the fact that I prefer non-fiction. And that is OK.

    I never, ever make New Year's resolutions. If I want to do something, I do it. And if I don't, which is more often the case, I don't. Simple as that. However, I do make to do lists and set daily/weekly goals.

    But, as I was driving home today, I thought to myself, I should set a reading goal for this upcoming year... a goal to read one fiction book a month--six classics and six modern novels in 2013.

    I don't have a list of what I will be reading yet but I do have some books and authors in mind...


    Modern novels:

    Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
    London Fields by Martin Amis
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
    House of Dolls by Ka-tzetnik

    Classics:

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    The Code of the Woosters or Uncle Dynamite by P.G. Wodehouse
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    I will routinely update this blog entry when I begin a new book and also when I finish the previous one--providing a brief review/summary.

    The first book I read is: Enduring Love (1998) by Ian McEwan

    Description (from Amazon.com):

    On a windy spring day in the Chilterns, the calm, organized life of science writer Joe Rose is shattered when he witnesses a tragic accident. A hot-air balloon with a boy trapped in its basket is being tossed by the wind, and in the attempt to save the child, a man is killed. A stranger named Jed Parry joins Rose in helping to bring the balloon to safety. But unknown to Rose, something passes between Parry and himself on that day--something that gives birth to an obsession in Parry so powerful that it will test the limits of Rose's beloved rationalism, threaten the love of his wife, Clarissa, and drive him to the brink of murder and madness. Brilliant and compassionate, this is a novel of love, faith, and suspense, and of how life can change in an instant.

    Summary: A decent read. Not the most compelling story or characters. But the style of writing is top-notch. Definitely want to read more of McEwan's works. I may read Atonement in the near future--possibly his most loved book to date. I didn't read Atonement first, as I had already seen the film based on the book and I was looking for a story that I was unfamiliar with. I give this book 3 out of 4 stars.

    The second book I am reading is: The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Description (from Amazon.com):

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

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