In his book–really more an extended essay–The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs writes something to the effect that adding books to a list makes him less inclined to read them. It’s a feeling I’ve come up against myself, though I love a list. No matter how carefully the list or the plan, no matter whether it’s a list of my own making or someone else’s, there’s something about the sense of obligation–or maybe just the relative lack of freedom as compared to all the other book possibilities that can take the sparkle out of a previously enticing title. Ah, human nature.
Or in other words, no matter how much thought I’ve put into this list, instead of presenting my 2022 TBR plans for Adam’s challenge, I’m likely presenting my 2022 won’t actually read. In fact, as I sit here typing, I can spy a slim title peaking out at me saying, “Don’t you want ME on your TBR instead…?” But the photo is already taken, and I have finally resolved within myself to sign up, in hopes of practicing some measure of self-discipline this year, however slight it might be. After all, though all of these books have been on MY book shelves plenty long enough to qualify for the challenge, not all of them are, umm, actually mine.
2022, let’s see what we can do, shall we?
In no particular order:
- The Female Quixote (Charlotte Lennox) – I’m pretty sure this one has been on my book shelves, unread, longer than any other book I won. (I’ve had other books longer, they’ve just been already read.)
- The Three Theban Plays (Sophocles) – A higher probability of reading this than most of the others, simply because I’d like to participate in the Greek plays readalong over at Wuthering Expectations (which I’m behind on thanks to a different book commitment, but I’m hoping–planning–to catch up within the week. The best laid plans, though…)
- The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway) – I’ve never read any Hemingway, and after watching the Ken Burns documentary last year, it’s about time.
- Atonement (Ian McEwan) – I started this about when the film adaptation was in the theaters (haven’t seen that either), but never got very far.
- Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) – The title most likely to get read, simply because it’s the April selection for the local classic literature book club I joined in November. Otherwise, to be honest, it probably wouldn’t have made the list this year.
- Loving Frank (Nancy Horan),
- Britt-Marie Was Here (Fredrick Backman), and
- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (Fredrick Backman) – a trio of books that my aunt thought I might like to read. I think she may have actually been culling her own shelves and doesn’t care about getting them back, but it’s been a few years, so. Oops.
- The Farm (Louis Bromfield). Yes, I know, you’re tired of me putting this on my lists every year. But maybe this year.
- The Chimes (Charles Dickens) – Technically, I’m only planning on reading one of the selections in this volume during the December holiday season (I reread the first included novella, A Christmas Carol, last December). I reason that’s acceptable as it was originally written as a standalone.
- Enter Jeeves (P.D. Wodehouse) – Take everything above back; I’m really tempted to drop all other reading plans right now and just read this. (It’s been too long since I’ve read any Wodehouse.)
- The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner) – It’s also been too long since I’ve read any Faulkner. It doesn’t seem to be a common book blogging opinion to actually like his novels these days, but I have high hopes after my experience with As I Lay Dying.
- The Secret Agent (Joseph Conrad) – This is my brother’s & I’m pretty sure he doesn’t remember I have it. I’ve never read Conrad, but it sounds intriguing.
- Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) – I started this in high school, browsing the family shelves one afternoon. I shouldn’t have started it because I had other things to do (silly things like homework and books I was supposed to be reading for class), so I didn’t ever finish it, and remember very little.
So, the 2022 list of books I won’t likely read – any I should make an exception for and actually pick up? 🙂