As mentioned here in a post about the Goodreads challenge, I want to organise the books I read a little better this year.
I’d like to read more biographies for one. Also more of the classics. I started 2017 with the Count of Monte Cristo followed by Great Expectations and they were both brilliant. Classics are classics for a reason.
So I’ve gone through my books and put together the first 10 books I want to read this year:
Life – Keith Richards
An absolute crime I haven’t read this yet. I’ve been saving it I guess.
Einstein – Walter Isaacson
Thought Isaacson’s Steve Jobs was a great read and this look good too.
Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 – Ryan Walsh
A book about the best album of all time. Haven’t bought it yet but I will SOON.
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Already into this. Enjoying it.
Willpower – Kelly McGonigal
A nice companion book to ‘The Power of Habit’, I think.
Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari
A loved this guy’s first book and this looks fascinating.
Educated – Tara Westover
Have to see what all the fuss is about with this one.
Killing Commendatore – Haruki Murakami
A new book by my favourite author. Bought and waiting on the kindle. I was going to buy the actual book but it’s a great whooping hardcover and all the other Murakami books I used to own have been either given away or lost moving. Bizarrely the digital version might be the more durable option. This is the book I’m most looking forward to.
Crime and Punishment – Dostoevsky
Here’s a classic! Spend an hour comparing 5 different translations on amazon. Tough going. Got the Juliya Salkovskaya, Nicholas Rice translation which I preferred to the others.
Robinson Crusoe – Defoe
And… another classic! One of the first English novels. Written in 1719 so celebrating its 300th birthday this year. Worth reading just for that.
That’s the first 10.Feeling organised!
Hoping to finish these in 2 months which might be optimistic. Anybody else lining books up for the new year?