My online crush Moonrat, editatrix extraordinaire, writes at her blog Editorial Ass about a new project she's undertaking.
Awhile ago, my friend Andromeda Romano-Lax, the author of the beloved novel The Spanish Bow, told me about a project of hers, which I've decided to totally rip off (sorry, Andromeda).
She collected a list of 100 books that she wants to have read in her life to fill in some of her reading gaps of classics and great contemporary fiction. She knew it was a monumental task ahead of her--we all tend to choose fun things instead of things we should read, right? At least I do--so she gave herself 5 years to try to get through the list, and gave herself 25% accident forgiveness, meaning if she finishes 75 titles in 5 years, she'll consider herself to have been victorious.
If I follow Moonie's rules, my goal will be to finish 75 of these 100 books by New Year 2015. And if my WIP has not gotten an agent by then, I'm going to get a sex change operation. Or something else really drastic. Like becoming a Republican.
My list will be generated by the following criteria (also borrowed from Moonie, and adapted):
-snobby classics I've always wished I could tell people I'd read, but would never read otherwise because I can't imagine enjoying them (these will probably end up making up the 25)
-books that I've bought and owned for a long time, but haven't read for whatever reason
-a book by each of the great Alices (Mattison, McDermott, Munro)
-select recommendations from friends
-some books I've been curious about and keep forgetting to buy/read
-the gaps filled in with Pulitzer and National Book Award winners
I should have the list completed by the end of the weekend - come back and compare your TBR lists, OR make suggestions of what should be included.
Anyone else want to play? You can obviously vary the rules/books/time frame to fit your circumstances.