January 18th, 2012
|06:13 pm - 10 Books to Read in 2012|
Last year, I made a short, casual list of a few books that I'd been putting off and really wanted to read. And I stuck to it and read them during the first few months of 2011. I like this productivity, and the insights it gave me, and I want to start doing this every year.
There's no source or rule for these books. Some I recently discovered--one was a Christmas present, another won't be published for another week--and some I've been meaning to read for years. Two I remembered when I found that my husband owned copies, so they are now on my bookshelves.
XThe Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell
From Girl to Goddess, by Valerie Estelle Frankel
The Confessions of Saint Augustine
XQuiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
XDust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, by Lyndsay Faye
XThe Waste Lands, by Stephen King
XThe Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse
XSnow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
XThe Resurrection of the Son of God, by N. T. Wright
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
I’ve got my eye on the Susan Cain book as well, and I still haven’t got round to buying and reading Snow Crash. (Don’t worry about reporting me, I’ve already turned in my geek licence.)
Valerie Frankel’s work is absolutely fascinating. I had a good long talk with her about the stuff in From Girl to Goddess at Mythcon a couple of years ago, and was riveted to the point of being tongue-tied. Not least because she was describing one of the major supporting structures under the text of my Magnificent Octopus, sight unseen.
Fortunately for me, my husband has all of Mr. Stephenson's work. But the only one I've read so far is The Diamond Age, which I quite liked.
I cannot WAIT to get into Frankel's book. I'm being a good girl and reading Campbell first (since I know his work, but I've never read that entire book).
I've been meaning to read that for years, I've a copy sitting on my bookshelf. A fellow parishioner just mentioned him to me, and made me remember that I wanted to read it.