One of the things I decided about myself in 2012 is that I read too much crap. And by this I mean terrible, terrible books that were senseless, and I am a little bit afraid that while the books were super fun and hit the spot, that I would not know good writing if it hit me in the boob. But please don’t throw books at my boobs. They are already small enough that it would make tricky target practice anyhow. No need to make them smaller.
So, not that I am one to limit the genre or senselessness of what I read, but I thought to myself, “Myself, maybe we could read one book a month that many, many people say is the most amazingist book ever.” I have a feeling amazingist isn’t a superlative, but that’s what reading senseless books gets you as a writer. I asked on twitter to help with collating which 12 books to read, but I didn’t have enough room to state my requirements.
1) I cannot have already read it, with the exception of The Great Gatsby. Everyone and her mother keeps telling me to reread this book, so it’s on the list.
2) It cannot be overlong, as I have to finish it within the month. No Anna Karenina. Besides, a local movie theater claimed that “Keira Knightley is Anna Karenina,” and well, that’s enough for anyone to stay away. (Also, I read Anna. I could not tell you what it was about.)
3) It does not matter if it was published in the last year or three hundred years ago, or if it is a children’s (chapter) book or an adult book. “Classic” to me would be defined as a critical success, either now or many rotations of the earth ago. Doesn’t matter.
4) I’m limiting six of the books to men, six to women. I’d also (hopefully) like to read at least a few by non-white writers. Hopefully.
I like funny books and romantic books and books that are fast-paced. I am not really that in to experimental writing or plots, but WHO KNOWS. Maybe I just haven’t found the right book.
OK! Tell me what to read, pretty please. I will post the list of 12 later in the week from your suggestions, culling books I’ve already read.