At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples he was going to prepare a place for them—and by extension, us—in heaven. When I dream about my room in heaven, I always imagine its walls lined with books.
I’ll never find enough time to read all the books I’d like to in this lifetime. But there’s always heaven.
On earth I usually gravitate toward non-fiction books. There’s just so much to know, so much to learn about.
But recently I was tagged in several Facebook notes by different friends, all with the theme of reading great books. You know, those memes like, “15 Authors Who Influenced Your Life” or “How Many Books Have You Read from the BBC’s 100 Great Books List?”* I was reminded how many great novels I haven’t read yet.
I’m usually not one to make New Year’s resolutions. But I did think the start of a new calendar year provides an excellent opportunity to make some goals about inserting more novels into my reading schedule. I also thought sharing my goals publicly would give me a bit of accountability on following through on my goals!
So I decided to create a sort of online book club around my book list. My plan is to read one novel a month. Then near the end of each month I’ll write a post sharing my thoughts and invite you to share your thoughts as well.
All of the books I chose are well-loved…I’m sure many of you have already read them. But I’d love it if any of you would like to read (or re-read) these books along with me to share the experience. I’m posting my proposed schedule for the year in case you do join me, so you’ll have time to secure copies of the books ahead of time.
JANUARY: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
FEBRUARY: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
MARCH: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
APRIL: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
MAY: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
JUNE: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
AUGUST: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
SEPTEMBER: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
OCTOBER: Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie
NOVEMBER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
DECEMBER: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
What books are you planning to read in 2011?
*This list appears to be a hoax, not actually created by the BBC. However it does include a lot of great books!