Thanks to The Classics Club my list of classic books to be read over the next five years has grown to nearly one hundred. Since I’ve been flipping through pages and pulling books off shelves and reshelving them, I thought I’d share the top ten titles that are speaking to me now and a few that are crying out for my attention.
My top ten picks from the classics to be read in 2012
- Transformation in Christ by Diedrich von Hildebrand – Reading now 05/17/12
- Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (2010) – It’s staring at me, I tell you. Besides, I want to read something that took 30 years to write, was published 2 years ago, and is already considered by many to be a classic.
- The Christmas Novels by Charles Dickens (1843 – 1848) – We are celebrating 200 years of Dickens this year, after all, and the holidays seem a fine fit for this trio.
- Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov (1951) – I’ve had this book on my TBR stack for decades. It’s time.
- Flannery O’Connor: Collected Works by Flannery O’Connor (1946 – 1964) – I’ve been dancing around this author for years. Another one whose time has come.
- Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (1990) RR – Because it’s wonderful, passionate, and so deserving of many re-reads, and because Bradbury is a writer’s writer and should be read and devoured annually.
- Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667) – I’ve read parts but never all. I think I’m ready for the full “Paradise” experience.
- A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (1880) – Everyone needs a little Twain in their life, and as a travel writer I’ve been remiss in not reading this one.
- 1984 by George Orwell (1948) – Because…well, just because.
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953) RR – It’s been ages since I first met Bradbury within these pages; it’s time to reconnect.
So that’s my off-the-cuff picks for the year. We all know I have a capricious muse so I reserve the right to change as the days and moods twist and turn. What about you? What’s on your TBR for 2012? You still have a good six months to make it happen. You don’t have to blog about it, share it here in the comment section-I’d love to know your choices.
__________For info on The Classics Club and my complete 50+ book choices, go here: The Classics Club project. Thanks to Jillian (A Room of One’s Own) for her twist on this Tuesday’s Top Ten, and thanks to the folks at The Broke and The Bookish for the whole Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme. (Yes, my days are jumbled.)