reading my way through every country in the world…

Top Ten (Non-challenge) Books I Resolve To Read

This week’s topic from The Broke and the Bookish is “Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2011″. As the rules of my challenge prohibit me from knowing in advance which countries I will be reading about beyond the next five, I can’t list ten that relate to my quest to read my way through every country in the world. However, I am reading other books in between and so the following is a list of ten (non-challenge) books I would like to read this year:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – about a futuristic world in which books are burned and anyone caught reading books is at a minimum confined to a mental hospital Sounds like the ultimate dystopia for a bibliophile.
  2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – because I must be the only person on earth who has not gotten around to reading it yet.
  3. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald – this is not set in any one country long enough to be considered for my challenge but certainly sound sas if it would give a fascinating romp through several countries in Europe along with a cracking story.
  4. The Eyre Affair by Jasper FForde – a literary whodunnit, what could be more fun?
  5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – have had this on the shelves for awhile and it seems to frequently feature on “must-read” lists: I want to find out why.
  6. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton: relevant to my profession and training as an organisational psychologist.
  7. 1984 by George Orwell – I am beginning to detect a theme in this list of sci-fi dystopian lit!
  8. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker – I love the idea that a whole books can be devoted to a sngle lunch hour in a man’s working life.
  9. 253 by Geoff Ryman – 253 short stories about 253 people on a London tube ride.
  10. The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland – two co-workers in hum-drum jobs decide to begin writing to each other – I like the concept and have never read any Coupland despite the fact he has often be recommended to me.

The Literary Nomad xx

4 Responses to “Top Ten (Non-challenge) Books I Resolve To Read”

  1. Anne Bennett says:

    Interesting challenge to read your way around the world. Interesting list, too.

  2. Alex says:

    Hi Deb, Loving your list as well – am currently working my way through Anna Karenina for Russia so it looks like we both have our Tolstoy challenges for this year! I posted something about your happiness “studies” but for some reason the comment didn’t appear? Will try posting again :)

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