I used to set a goal of at least reading 52 books in a year. I did this for years and always exceeded my goal. So when I saw a listing on Amazon for a book titled, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I was intrigued.
I decided during my lunch break to find the list online and see how many of the books I had read. I was figuring I would be somewhere in the 100 range. Boy was I wrong. Of 1001 books that I MUST read, I've read ten. Yes, ten books. That was completely unacceptable to me, so I decided I must order this book and make it my life's goal to read the other 991 books.
I was telling Micah about this find when he came home from work last night. His response - I guess you've been reading the wrong books. That's an understatement. I would estimate that I've read at least 1000 books in the last 20 years and only ten were good enough to make this list? I've read every book that CS Lewis ever wrote, excluding the Narnia series, and let me tell you that there wasn't a single Lewis on the list. That can't be right.
I guess I've got a lot of work to do, starting with The Hobbit, which my dear friend Adam and I had already discussed me getting to read to Jay since he is bored with The Lord of the Rings.
Just as a reference, here are the ten books that I have read. Thank goodness for a professor in college who made me read two of them and an ex-boyfriend who thought it was a good idea to give me another for Christmas one year. I also read three of these books in high school, which brings my total of books read by choice to two, The Black Dahlia and House of Leaves. I will admit to never finishing Les Miserables. It was terribly depressing. And I'm still working my way through Lord of the Rings.
Brave New World
Lord of the Rings
The Black Dahlia
House of Leaves (thanks, Adam!)
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Great Gatsby
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A Tale of Two Cities
I swear I just felt myself lose a few IQ points.