Just for fun and to help me plan I have made in the spirit of the Sunday Salon a tentative account of my reading plans for the next 45 days or so-If anyone has any suggestions or comments I would love to hear them and if anybody wants to read along let me know.
Canon Works I Hope to Read
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy- I want to read a Hardy novel soon and I have this work
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol-been a long time coming!
A George Sand novel-to be determined
A Balzac novel-to be determined
Pending Canon Status Works
This is a category I made up for the purposes of this post. I think all of these books have a good chance to become part of the canon one day.
Spring Snow by Yukiro Mishima-part one of the Sea of Fertility tetrology
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov-I loved his Pale Fire
The Fifth Queen by Ford Madox Ford-part one of a trilogy-third best Ford work?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez-I have six of his novels -saving best for last?
Loving by Henry Green-maybe also Living and Party Going
The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen-said to be her best novel-set in WWII London
Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto-I love her work
The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
Help by Kathryn Stockett-super well regarded in the book blog world-this is a maybe-would like comments-all who post on this book seem to love it but is it just "classy chic lit?"
I hope to read between 30 and 45 short stories in this period. Among the writers I will read more of are
- Colette-I just got a collection of her stories-100 of them-core GLBT writer
- Thomas Hardy-read on line
- Elizabeth Bowen-I have a 900 page collection of all her stories-100 or so-no I wont post on all!
- Kafka-at least "The Hunger Artist"
- Kate Chopin-one or two more at least-
- James Joyce-one or two more
- Willa Cather-a short story is a great way to try a new to you writer
- Louisa May Alcott-same as Willa Cather-
- Guy du Maupassant-one or two
- Anton Chekhov-one or two more
This still leaves me plenty of time for "impulse reads" or to take part in Book Blog events. It assumes if I continue reading at my normal pace that I will read about 25 novels in this period of time and a short story at least every other day. I read most of my short stories online so I am restricted to older works, by and large. Assuming I do read 25 novels and as things happen I only read nine of my 13 planned books (which I find ok) I will then have 16 books I can decide on as I go along.
I may also begin to read through the Annotated Edition of Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End
Any suggestion for other ideas or comments on my selections would be greatly appreciated-