Friday, March 09, 2007

Other peoples' words

I have, to this point, successfully avoided the dreaded 100 books meme floating around the blogosphere. Actually, I ran the other direction any time I saw it even possibly coming my way. Why? Because I lost count of how many books I started reading but never actually finished. I am embarassed to admit that I faked lied my way through high school honors English. I did. And then I tested out of college English. I am a complete fraud. And this meme clearly indicates how I have shortchanged myself. My list of books that I've truly read (beginning to end) is...in a word...embarassing.

So in an effort to educate myself make myself feel better about myself...I'm going to go back and read the books on this list. I have given myself credit for those that I clearly remember reading beginning to end. There are a couple that I clearly remember starting, but am not sure I ever finished. I will probably start with those. Oh, except the Bible. I have started it and even read a good portion of it. But beginning to end? I don't think so. I simply have no interest right now. Of course there are my spiritual issues. But really, the mere thought of all that so-and-so begat so-and-so for pages on end makes me sleepy. Maybe some day I'll break it up into individual books and tackle each one until I've read the entire Bible...but not right now.

Now remember, I have an almost-five-year-old, a husband, a house, six dogs, three cats, two horses, crocheting, sewing, beading, and scrapbooking to look after...so this may take a while. But I WILL get it done. I'm tired of hiding from this blog meme.

I think I'm going to have to figure out how to put one of those status meters on my sidebar to track my progress (that would be good for my crocheting and sewing projects too!).

5 comments:

Giantsknitter said...

Catherine - Uh, good luck with Ulysses. I tried to read James once (only once). I never got past the first two pages. He is DEADLY!! SP9, Rebecca.

Sarah said...

I guess I'm seconding the Ulysses comment... I've started it twice and can't get more than 5-6 pages in. If you ever start it let us know, and maybe I'll try to read along with you. :)

I was just searching for a list of books to read. I made a list of some of last years NYT top picks, but think i may pick some off this list too.

Maybe I'll do a post/list of what i've read. Except I may also mark the books that I know enough about to know that I don't really want to read them.

You may feel frustrated that you haven't read as much as you would have liked to, but that can always change. DOn't beat yourself up too much. You do so much more than most people in so many other areas.

:) happy reading! And thanks for inspiring me to get some more books from the liabrary.

kate said...

Yeah, you get a pass on Ulysses. I don't even *try* to open that book. Works good as a doorstop, though.

When they came out with that '100 best books of the 20th century', i was frankly appalled at how few of them i had read, so i used that as a list for awhile (skipping Ulysses, even if it was number 1 or something stupid like that). I got through alot of them because at the time i would go to the gym, and read while doing the stairmaster.

On my 'own time', i prefer lighter reading...say, the back of the cereal box ;)

Sarah said...

scrapbooking - I didn't know you like scrapbooking! Good luck with your reading. :)

Julie said...

I used to be a voracious reader, but then life happened and I never could get back in gear. And no, I really don't watch much TV. I do, however, spend too much time playing solitare and browsing blogs. I have recently begun anew, promising myself a chapter or two a night before bed. But I'm starting light; I'll get back to the "great" books in my own time.
Oh, and by the way, we hit 50 degrees today. Spring is almost here, sweet bejeezus, and I'm going to start gardening again (she promises herself for the 3rd year in a row).