books / reading

Let’s Do That Resolutions Thing (Book Version)

Resolutions about books, because I feel like I might actually complete said resolution if it’s about books.

I’ve been thinking about this so so long. Which speaks to the excitement of my life.

So there are five books from my high school/college years that I did not read/complete. I think all of them are just uncompleted books. If you are one of my former English teachers/professors and you are reading this…I am quite sorry. But to be fair, I know I failed some of those tests, so I got what I deserve. These books either bored me, or I just didn’t think I had the time to read it all when assigned. I am ashamed of this as I now know better (so much better) and I believe I will enjoy all of these more than I did. If I don’t, at least I read them.

High School:

  1. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard – summer reading for AP Lang & Comp and I read a good portion of it, but I did not like nonfiction back in the day. I mean, she stalks weasels…I did not get it.
  2. Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon – my pick for a project that same year (AP Lang), and I again, read most of it, but for whatever reason, did not finish. It’s a road trip book, and I remember Nameless, TN and buttermilk pie, but that’s it.
  3. Walden by Henry David Thoreau – definitely failed this test. I think the whole class did. Also from AP Lang, (sorry Mrs. Lane), this was beyond my brain and attention span. It might still be, but I’m gonna give it a go.
  4. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner – OH THIS BOOK! I made it 3/4 through, using CliffNotes to help guide me because I had no clue what was up, when that section was, who was who…but I do remember rain symbolized something. Summer reading for AP Lit.

College:

  1. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton – no clue how far I got. I remember her being a living portrait of some scandalous painting, but that’s it. Now that I’ve read and enjoyed Ethan Frome, I’m really looking forward to this.

So, that’s my list of must reads for 2019. Books in my academic career that I did not finish.

There might be another book list for the New Year, because I have these series that I like(d), but have never finished, and completing them (then deciding if I should keep or donate them) seems like an admirable goal.

There is the question of how many series this turns out to be and that might be beyond my abilities for one year. We shall see.

Happy New Year, friends!

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