2009 Book Resolutions (with update!)

Ok, let’s get these out there and elaboration can come as I start to complete them.  Otherwise it will be 2010  before I get these posted.


1. Read 12 more of the modern library top 100 novels - that’s one a month, which should be doable (though since I started January with The Adventures of Augie March, and am only on page 7, it may not be a strict on per month schedule).

1. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

2. The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow

3. Ironweed, William Kennedy   

4. Sons and Lovers, D.H Lawrence

5. The Wings of the Dove, Henry James

6. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis

7. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry

8. Studs Lonigan, A Trilogy, James T. Farrell (technically 3 novels!)

 9. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

 10. The Old Wives’ Tale, Arnold Bennett

 11. Sophie’s Choice, William Styron

 12. Light in August, William Faulkner

DONE!!  October 2009.

And one more! 13. Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin


2. Read five of the Booker Prize winning novels.  This may be tougher, since I am so often disappointed by the novels the committee chooses, but there enough novels on the list that I’ve gone on to love that it’s worth slogging on.  Plus, I love lists too much to give up now.  

1. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively

2. Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald

3. The Old Devils, Kingsley Amis

4. Amsterdam, Ian McEwan

5. Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre

DONE!! December 2009


 3. Re-read ten books I already own.  I managed to read six last year without too much effort, but I own a lot of books, so I should try to get some use other than decoration out of them.  Plus, I used to re-read books all the time when I was kid, and that is how favorite books are born - sometimes I miss that way of reading.

1.The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark*

2. Scoop, Evelyn Waugh*

3. To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf*

4. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald*

5. A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh*

6. Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh

7. Darkness at Noon,  Arthur Koestler*

8. Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh

9. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow*

10. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh*

11.  BONUS! A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce*

(* Also on the ML top 100 list! But not a new read so not part of the first resolution!)

Status: COMPLETED! Clever me! 9/9/09


4. Read three super long books - two of which (alas) are books that I tried to read last year and failed at- War and Peace and The Power Broker.  The third book is actually three books - the three part Graham Greene biography Jon got me for Christmas.  Which leads to the next resolution...

    * This was a bust! I read two volumes of the Graham Greene, and nothing else.  The problem is that the big books are so heavy! I need to be better next year!


5. Start three new projects (a la the Agatha Christie Project, or the Modern Library Project) - and complete two projects over the course of the year (not necessarily the new ones I just started).  One will be to read all of Greene. I’ve enjoyed the Agatha Christie project, even if I’ve gotten a little tired of talking about her work - I think that the same project with an author with real skill will be fascinating.

1.The Ruth Rendell Project

2. The Evelyn Waugh Project

3. The P.D. James Project 

    Well, here I batted .500.  I started three projects - and finished zero.  Which is pretty pitiful, especially since I have about three Christie’s left to read.  Maybe next year?


6.  Finally, read five books about classical music.  I only managed four last year, but (especially after reading The Rest is Noise) really want to learn more, and enjoyed the feeling that my knowledge was becoming cumulative.  I hope I can find books as exciting and well written as the Ross book.  

   Note - I’ve modified this to “books about music”

1. Doo-Dah!, Ken Emerson

2. The American Opera Singer, Peter G. Davis

3. Classic American Popular Song, David Jenness and Don Velsey

4. Flowers in the Dustbin, James Miller

5.  Girls Like Us, Sheila Weller 

DONE! December 2009 -even if I did need to expand “music” pretty broadly.

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