Books I Plan To Read in 2006 (IN SEQUENCE) - UPDATED
Books I Plan To Read in 2006 (IN SEQUENCE) - UPDATED
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - recommended by Penny.
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck - recommended by 1922.
- All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein - holocaust story.
- Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - a (new) favourite author.
- The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
- - last year I read Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time", which inspired me to read this, although it was already on my bookshelf.
- Replay by Ken Grimwood - a re-read from 2003, from my list of favourites, compelling.
- The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill - Volume Four (of twelve) "Their Finest Hour - Alone" - next in the series.
- The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie - controversial.
- A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - a favourite movie.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov - controversial.
- Prescription for Murder: The True Story of Harold Shipman by Brian Whittle and Jean Ritchie - English serial killer, over 200 murders.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - highly rated classic, on my 'unread' shelf for many years.
- The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill - Volume Five (of twelve) "The Grand Alliance - Germany Drives East" - next in the series.
- An Actor and His Time by John Gielgud - I bought this signed first edition hardback autobiography on ebay.
- At Winter's End by Robert Silverberg - my sci-fi choices for 2005 were most disappointing.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - I find angst very cathartic.
- Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File by Alan Levy - Wiesenthal recently died (20-Sept-2005), but this has been on my 'unread' shelf for years.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - I want literature to move me.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - another highly rated classic, on my 'unread' shelf for many years.
- The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill - Volume Six (of twelve) "The Grand Alliance - War Comes To America" - next in the series.
Latest updates in blue text.
I have now significantly updated this list :
- because I completed the planned 2005 list before the year end, some books from the previous version of this list were moved up to 2005: The Man Who Meant Well by Gerard Walschap, Volume Three of The Second World War by Winston Churchill, and Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke
- I have added a few extra titles to this list to compensate: The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, and Volume Six of The Second World War by Winston Churchill
- I have fine-tuned the sequence.
This list follows on from a previous list of   Books I Plan To Read in 2005 - Final List.
The initial reason for this list goes back to the hugely disappointing quality (IMHO) of the books that I read in 2004 - for quality read 'my enjoyment'. As a direct result of that I have since been far more selective, planning my reading very carefully in the hope that I would enjoy future (reading) years a lot more.
I needed such a strictly disciplined list as this in order to eliminate the randomness with which I was selecting my reading choices. Otherwise I would chose my next read randomly, from my existing bookshelf (mostly), dependent upon the mood of the day or whim, and I found the outcome hugely disappointing, particularly in 2004. My planned list plan for 2005 was hugely successful - my best ever reading year without question, so I shall certainly continue with the plan.
However, additional to that discipline I found I also needed a degree of flexibility to counter the frustration of having far too many books on my bookshelf to read. I overcame this frustration by planning a provisional list for the following year which was not (yet) fixed. This also gave me many months to consider the quality of the reading for next year and the (less important) sequence in which to read them.
By prioritising future reading throughout 2006, and including a further (flexible, provisional) list on into 2007 (which I am now working on) it gives the prioritisation good focus and also provides the flexibility desired. Additionally, it crystalises and brings acceptance to my concern that I shall probably never get around to reading every book on my bookshelf 'to be read'.
Deleted from the initial (provisional) list:   Middlemarch by George Eliot
I shall put Middlemarch on my reserve list for 2006 in the event that I finish this list before the end of the year and need to add further titles. I shall also put on my eserve list 'With Malice Toward None - A Life of Abraham Lincoln, by Stephen B. Oates. Both are currently on my provisional list for 2007.
Added since the initial (provisional) list was posted:
Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke   - SINCE DELETED - READ IN 2005.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill - Volume Five (of twelve) - next in the series.
An Actor and His Time by John Gielgud
At Winter's End by Robert Silverberg
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File by Alan Levy
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene -
The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill - Volume Six (of twelve) - next in the series.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Another reading 'project' that I have now embarked upon is to try and re-read some of my all-time favourite books from the past, despite the fact that I already have too many on my 'to be read' bookshelf, so perhaps one per year will satisfy that need. I have put 'Replay' by Ken Grimwood on this list as a 2006 re-read.
Re-reads in 2005 were Gertrude by Hermann Hesse, The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, And The Pearl by John Steinbeck.
See also my list of   "Books I Read in 2005"
See also my list of   "Books I Read in 2004 - Final List"
See also my list of   "Books I Read in 2003 - Final List"