Inspired by Aoife‘s post about the books she wants to read over the summer, I thought I’d do a copycat post here.
Reasons? A) I already have a mental list (and physical stacks) of books I want to read over the summer. B) I have a lot of free time in the absence of any call backs from the shops in the Blanchardstown Centre offering me a prized position as a shop boy. C) Lists, if you missed List Week, are pretty much the key argument of Blogging Often For Dummies.
However, unlike Aoife, I don’t honestly expect to get even halfway through this list. I probably won’t even countenance the idea of opening some of them, just because I’ll be still stuck on the second one by the end of July. I study English during the year, but even then I have vague trouble reading enough to survive. In the offseason, my brain tends to yearn for easier media of entertainment. When I do pick up a book, it is usually for about ten pages at a time. I don’t give up but the pace is pretty testudinal.
But don’t jail me for grand designs. Or for the non-music post. Wishlist:
- David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest (started – 133 pages in)
- JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings (re-read – don’t ask)
- Paul Auster – Timbuktu
- Salman Rushdie – The Enchantress of Florence
- Herman Melville – Moby Dick
- Máirtín Ó Cadhain – Cré na Cille
- Orhan Pamuk – Snow
- Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns
- John Irving – The World According to Garp
- Flann O’Brien – At Swim-Two-Birds (re-read)
- Simon Armitage (trans.) – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (romance)
- Roddy Doyle – The Deportees (stories)
- Thomas Kinsella (trans.) – The Táin (epic)
- Lady Gregory’s Complete Irish Mythology
- Edward Said – Culture & Imperialism (literary theory, arguably)