It’s 2010…let’s try again.
As the year winds to a close, I’ve been thinking not about all the great books I’ve read but about the one that got away!
In my life as a reader, I’ve only broken up with three books: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Stone Cold by Robert B. Parker. I’ve pretty much eradicated Stone Cold from my memory–it was an audio-book adventure gone horribly awry, and House of Leaves is an effort in futility for me, but abandoning The Book Thief is something that keeps me awake nights.
With each glowing review I read, my resolve to finish this book strengthens. The NY Times called it ‘brilliant’ and ‘life changing’, so what’s wrong with me!?!
You can’t imagine how desperately I tried to get into the book. In a single weekend, I picked it up 15 times only to cast it down minutes later. I renewed it from the library twice hoping to finally make it past page 40 and fall in love with it. My efforts were fruitless…until today!
Today I hatched a plan, a resolution or personal challenge if you will. I am going to buy The Book Thief for my Kindle and read it before the end of 2010. No pressure, no crazy deadline, just 365 days to read a book that 99.9% of the book blogging population seems to love. Now that’s my kind of challenge! Maybe I’ll even use Photoshop and make a button for my blog. Ha!
Do you have a book that you’re going to revisit in 2010? Maybe we can start a support group or you can be my sponsor. I’ll call you when I find my focus and attention waning.
Health, happiness, and lots of good reads to everyone in 2010. Cheers!