Friday, August 22, 2008

My Literary To-Do List

Here are 4 books I hope to have finished by the time I leave Portland

1. Heart of Darkness - for no particular reason other than the fact that it's one of those "everyone always mentions it, it must be full of wisdom" type books and the title has always bewitched me. Does anyone have a copy? Either way, I will be stopping by Powells for a worn and loved edition, I always feel more involved when I know its been devoured whole-heartedly by someone just like me.

2. Tar Baby - In my quest to read all of my idols books (ahem Toni Morrison if you didn't go to holynames), I havent found any of them as hard to get into as this one. The characters are lovely, but if you have been out of habit of reading her, it is often hard to find the rhythm of and follow the dialogue. It's coming along, and the cover is so pretty that I know I will stick to it.

3. Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith - I began reading this on a trip to Powells my sophmore year of college and have not stopped thinking about it. Despite my almost creepy curiousity into cults and the 'weird' religions, this book did not strike me as a detailing of such life, but more so as a real memoir about a woman struggling to let go and regain her life. If I remember correctly, I was about 1/3 of the way through, so when I pick up my 6 dollar copy, I'm sure it will be quickly over.

4. This one is not a book, it is a chapter of a giant textbook (titled Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry) that has accompanied my bedside (I would say table, but what I really mean is shoe covered floor) for awhile now. I am currently in the middle of "Human Development Throughout the Lifecycle" and I. CAN. DO. IT.

5. My Antonia - Will Cather. I am going to re-read My Antonia because I LOVED this book as child (my mom said I read it like three times in sixth grade) but like every other movie or book that I havent watched or read at least 50 times, I can't remember it. Damn memory. I loathe thee. Plus, its rather short and will make this 5-books-in-one-month thing actually possible.

Any suggestions of books to add to my "Seatle for four months" reading list?



Hanley Mead said...

the things they carried and the professor and the madman. mostly though, the things they carried.

also, for what its worth. i hated . . . or rather was hugely disappointed by heart of darkness. maybe because it was so hyped, i don't know. annnnnyways.

Megan said...

You know... any of the Jodi Picoult books (think of, My Sister's Keeper) will really get you thinking. They usually have some social issue that appears in a mystery setting. I love the books, myself.