Books I Plan To Read in 2006 (IN SEQUENCE) - UPDATED

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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 &nbsp 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: &nbsp 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 &nbsp - 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 &nbsp "Books I Read in 2005"

See also my list of &nbsp "Books I Read in 2004 - Final List"

See also my list of &nbsp "Books I Read in 2003 - Final List"

There's a lot of canonical books on here (and I use that term in the--dare I say--literal sense) broken up here and there by books I wouldn't exactly classify as "light reading". How long does it take you to read each book, and do you take a period of reflection after each, or are you reading for accomplishment?

Also, if you indicate what specifically disappointed you about your sci-fi reading, I'd be happy to take a crack at recommendations.

I try and mix up my selections between lighter and heavier wherever possible, range of subject matter, character etc. This is why I tend not to read two books in a series side by side, such as His Dark Materials in 2005 and Churchill's Second World War, and why you probably won't find two sci-fi choices together or two auto/biography books or two true-life war books (probably). My range of interests is extremely wide, and this is why my 'unread' bookshelf is so full.

I find some books easier (and quicker) to read than others, but typically it would take approximately two or three weeks to read one book. Most of my reading takes place on the train commuting to and from London for work. My count for 2005 was 22, and that was a typical year (in terms of numbers).

I certainly do not take a specific period of reflection after each book, but my thoughts on a book will flow as a natural process in their own time, and dependent upon how good or bad I found the read. The most thought-provoking books can stay on my mind for years, recent examples being Replay (Ken Grimwood), which is to be a re-read this year, and Wuthering Heights from last year.

I read mostly for enjoyment. I love reading. I find it so much more satisfying than TV or movies and even music (which I also love). However, I also read for accomplishment, because it educates (even fiction), it improves my vocabulary and spelling (although they are both very good given all my reading over the years), and I find it even helps me to articulate because I do a lot of talking at work - negotiating &nbsp :-).

I am uncertain what you mean by the term 'canonical' because I've not encountered that term before.

I have read a lot of sci-fi in the past, but now find that little interests me. I am certainly interested in recommendations of classic sci-fi, but not Blade-Runner type William Gibson cyber fiction.

For some reason, I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird, even though I have already borrowed it many times from the library. I just open page 1, and suddenly my interest is gone. No idea why.

And let me know your thoughts about The Satanic Verses. I'm curious.

I will definitely post my comments on 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'The Satanic Verses' when I have finished them.

Thanks. But say, have you ever heard of an Israeli satirist called Ephraim Kishon?

PLUS: You are kindly invited to this. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I've now addded my thoughts to your list, but I fear they are rather predictable.

Your ratings are very interesting. Not exactly "predictable", but lets say that I could imagine them as through your various lists on Listology I know a little bit of your tastes in reading.