The people over at The Broke and the Bookish are looking at our top ten to be read titles for spring. I don't know what it is, but I always want to read more when the weather is nice. Probably because warmth equals relaxing which equals reading. And I just find myself to have more free-time on my hands during the spring. Possibly because I just get fed up with school and work. Who knows?
I'm pretty proud of my list this week. It's pretty diverse, with a lot of contemporary lit on there, which I'm really trying to embrace. There's some memoirs and some essays. A lot of books I want to take with me for spring break. But the nice thing is that I actually see myself actually finishing this list this spring, so I'm going to make sure I refer back to it to see how I do.
1. Memoirs of a Geisha--I am currently reading this one. I absolutely love it! I think that the author uses beautiful and descriptive language and is doing a fantastic job of getting into the head of a geisha. This one just popped up on my radar quite unexpectedly and I'm going to just go with it. I don't have too much else to say because I haven't gotten very far and this isn't a review.
2. Light in August--I chose this as my Faulkner read for a Modernist March. I've owned it for a while and just haven't gotten to it, so I am happy to finally get there. Like I said before, I think it will help get me in the stream of consciousness mode so that I can enjoy the next book on my list...
3. Mrs. Dalloway--I've been meaning to read this one for such a long time! I finally decided that Modernist March was a good time to read it as well. Plus I love the cover. And that's about all I can say.
4. Ulysses (and by default Ulysses Annotated)--I want to do this. I want to conquer this book. It will probably take a while, but I think that I am at the right mental state to attempt it. The guide is supposed to be really helpful, even situating the reader with the Homeric story that the chapter utilizes, as well as explaining a lot of the references. Wish me luck!
5. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow--I won a copy of this one in a giveaway for Southern Lit Lovers and am really excited to get to it. I've heard wonderful things about it, like the author has an amazing use of language. Plus the magical realism might be a good push to get me to start my Marquez project. Maybe?
6. Jurassic Park--The movie is being re-released into theatres in iMax and 3D in April. We already have plans to go see it. I was five the last time it was in theatres. So I'd kind of like to read the novel this time. A post that Amanda wrote for BookRiot made me want to read the novel. I've never read anything by Crichton before, so I am excited to try something new.
7. Me Talk Pretty One Day--Someone on Twitter was recently posting Sedaris quotes and they cracked me up, so I think this will be a good, light spring read. Maybe to accompany Ulysses. I've read one of his other collections before. I also already started reading this one and it was pretty funny...in the sense that I kept having to text quotes to Zach. It's the kind of funny that you just have to share.
8. enLIGHTened--This one looked like a fun memoir about someone who began doing yoga and lost a ton of weight, which is what I'm wanting to do. I'm not looking for it to be a guide or anything, but I think it will be an interesting read about someone's experience of becoming a yogi. Not that I want to be Miss Total Yogi, but some of the lifestyle principles (not becoming a vegetarian) are ones that I'd like to cultivate. Again, it's another light read for spring.
9. A Collection of Stories from The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield--She was a Modernist, so this would be another good tie-in for Modernist March. Short stories will be good to take on spring break because I probably ought not hole up and read novels while I'm visiting Zach's friends (who are becoming my friends too).
10. In Our Time--This is going to be my first stop of the Hemingway Project. More short stories for me to take on spring break. Though I own Hemingway's Collected Short Stories (I think I own this too, but it's at my parents' house), I've got the list of stories in this collection, so I'll be reading them.
I know a lot of these say "March" and/or "Spring Break." I'm ambitious and hopeful that I can have a fantastically full month of reading. I'm also a bit short-sighted in my reading plans because I just can't plan for the long-term. Things change pretty quickly. Other butterflies fly in front of my face and grab my attention. Fortunately, four of these (maybe more) I already own in eBook form, so I'll just take my iPad mini on spring break and I can have some options. But I'll also be taking a couple of physical books.
Regardless, I think it's going to be a fantastic spring!