2011 is shaping up to be the year where I read nothing but tomes, apparently. It means I'll probably read less, as I read bigger books obviously slower, though I'd like to get through at least 2 books a month. However, I won't sacrifice the reading/understanding for time/number of books read. Sometimes, you know, you just get in the zone and your brain craves big ass books. Here's a list of those I'm planning to read in the next couple of months.
1. The Bone People by Keri Hulme (nearly finished with this one)
2. John Adams by David McCullough
3. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
4. The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington
5. 2666 by Robert Bolano
I hope to supplement the tomes with these somewhat leaner books inbetween:
1. The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
2. The Dragon Never Sleeps by Glenn Cook
3. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
4. The Fixed Stars by Bill Conn
5. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (this one looks big, but it's got large print)
I'm also looking forward to reading The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz, which comes highly recommended from author Jeff Vandermeer, as well as my once-a-decade re-reading of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto, the first book in the Dagger & Coin series by Daniel Abraham, Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, the short story collection by Gene Wolfe, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Love in the Time of Cholera - the one book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez that I haven't read yet for one reason or another, and about forty-odd other books sitting on my shelf vying for attention. I'll get to you all, I promise.
In other totally unimportant and frivolous news, I just smelled Country Apple and Cucumber Melon lotions.