A couple of days ago, a new reading challenge popped up in the intarwebz, and I really really want to join it–it’s the 2010 Bibliophilic Books Challenge. Which is a challenge about reading books about books or reading. Which is timely, but not quite. I’ve been crushing on Nick Hornby (see here, and here), and the challenge basically stands for the current trend in my reading lately–James Wood, Harold Bloom, obscure books about obscure books, yadda yadda. Thing is, will this trend bleed over to the next year? Also, is this a problem? No, not really.
Yes, fine, I’m signing up. Books I’m going to be reading/rereading for the challenge. Or might. Might is a nice verb for challenges:
- Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World, by Nicholas Basbanes. (To finish.)
- The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books that Matter Most to Them, by Roxanne J. Coady, and Joy Johannessen. (To finish.)
- Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature’s Most Intriguing Dedications, by Marlene Wagman-Geller. (To finish.)
- The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus, by Joshua Kendall. (To finish.)
- How Fiction Works, by James Wood. (To reread. Definitely.)
- Novelists and Novels, by Harold Bloom.
- Short Story Writers and Short Stories, by Harold Bloom.
- The Western Canon, by Harold Bloom.
- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.
- Does The Fiction Class by Susan Breen count?
- And more fiction about books. Because I like books and I like fiction and I’m currently doing a little dance to prove this.
But then, of course I’m going to come across other books and all these plans shall go awry. Huh. Yay for Self-referential Dorkiness! [Yay!]
/edited: Removed that ginormous picture that used to intro this post. Thighs freaking me out.