Welcome to my new endeavor. Recently, I stumbled upon a website called ListChallenges.com where I took a few of these random internet browsing fan/opinion fueled quizzes as just a time waster online. We all go through those times where we have almost nothing better to do to fill in a few minutes of our day with a wasteful internet binge. So thankfully thanks to our friends at List Challenges, I found a list called 'Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime' which has inspired me to read all one hundred books on this list and document my experiences here. There are about 12-13 books on the list that I have already read (much to my suprise that it wasn't more.) I hope someone draws some fun or some inspiration from my experiences here as I will be documenting some of my thoughts and musings on the titles as I go through them.
The first book on the list is Orwell's 1984. Having never read this particular work by Orwell, I am slightly worried as to what I will find. I have only read one of his other works, the classic Animal Farm, which is a world famous and time honored political satire, which I personally hated. I am no authoritarian on classical works of literature or on English at all, but I am college educated and can stumble through a book review. Really just a guy fascinated with reading, writing, and having a big ass opinion that no one really wants to hear.
This is a seminal writing project that I believe will enrich my life in more than one way and is my way of remaining academically active in a world that is as far away from that as possible with our smart-phone-technologically-laden universe. I always thought myself as well-read (which is obviously wrong) and now am seeking to actually make that a reality. One hundred books may seem a nominal way to make myself a literature Nazi and will not make me 'well-read' but it is a step in the right direction.
So, here is my intent, boring as it may seem, read all the books on this list and grow not only as an academic but as a person, experience a little more literature and a lot more humanity.
You can find a link to the list here. If you want to read along with me, you'll probably get ahead. But feel free to participate and we can make this a group experiment. I'm game. Email me with any questions, pointers, objections, opinions or just 'cause ya want to. Or, comment below.
1984 experiences coming soon.