02 January 2007

new year, new books!

It's another great year for buying and reading books. Am slowly but surely heading towards my short-term goal of owning 1,000 books (er, by 2010, perhaps?).

So here, in no particular order, is an initial list of books I plan to read this first half of 2007:

1. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
2. Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism edited by Neil Isaacs and Rose Zimbardo
3. The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology by Joseph Campbell
4. A Gentle Madness by Nicholas Basbanes
5. Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas Basbanes
6. The Road to Middle-Earth (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Tom Shippey
7. Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World by Verlyn Flieger
8. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
9. Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
10. On Literature by Umberto Eco

Ideally, I should be reading around 12-24 books during the first six months of the year. But life is so hectic nowadays (I contemplate on my work action items for the day while I'm in the toilet just to maximize my time) that I'd be surprised and pleased as punch if I could finish a 400-page book in five days' time.

Of course, it's possible for me to read more than 10 books from January to June 2007. Will see, will see.

Anyway, just to look back at the year that was in terms of books, here are my top favorite reads in 2006 (once more, in no particular order):

1. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
2. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
3. Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
4. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
5. Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres
6. Misfortune by Wesley Stace
7. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (Okay, I've read this book at least once a year for the past decade but who cares? It's still in my annual list of favorite books of the year.)


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