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Update on Reading Deliberately

I’m keeping my fingers cross while waiting for my new gadget, the Amazon Kindle 3G + Wifi. I was thinking how the new electronic reader will change my reading habit. For sure I won’t read any less than I do now. I’m thinking I can add more non-fiction to my reading list as I usually don’t buy them. I will have to make a list of ebooks so I do not acquire duplicates in print. That boils down to owning hard copies of my favorite novels. Meanwhile I’m still participating in Reading Deliberately, hosted by The Bluestocking Society. Here’s an update:

1. Jane AustenCompleted. Finished Emma and Persuasion.
2. Charles Dickens
Completed. Finished A Tale of Two Cities.
3. Ian McEwanCompleted (and also left me very appalled). Finished The Comfort of Strangers and The Cement Garden.
4. John SteinbeckCompleted. Read East of Eden, which is my #1 favorite book so far this year, Cannery Row, and Of Mice and Men. Bought Grapes of Wrath.
5. J.R.R. Tolkien—this remains the most interminable goal.
6. British Mystery or ComedyCompleted. Adopted Jenny’s advice and read Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers.
7. Russian author-–this one is a regular ritual of mine. I’ll either re-read The Master and Margarita or tackle In the First Circle. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them looks like fun.
8. Old Classics—Dickens, Faulkner, Joyce, Lawrence, etc.
9. NonfictionCompleted. Finished The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings. Follow Tom and CB James’ advice, will read An Alchemy of Mind by Diane Ackerman and City of Quartz by Mike Davis, a history and geography of Los Angeles.
10. PoetryCompleted. Finished reading 100 Essential American Poems edited by Leslie M. Pockell.
11. Pulitzer Winners—One book stands out and catches my attention: March by Geraldine Brooks.
12. Published in 2010Completed. Read One Amazing Thing and recently finished The Little Stranger by my new girlfriend favorite author Sarah waters.

Here is an updated acquisition list based on your reviews and/or contacts:
The Palisades Tom Schabarum
Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
Love Toni Morrison
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Helen Simonson
In the Woods Tana French
The Betrayal Helen Dunmore
Room Emma Donoghue

I also did a quick scour at the library. I noticed that a lot of the new books aren’t available yet. The catalog would say “one/two copy in consideration for XXX branch.” Budget problem?

Quick Reading Update

I don’t want to bother my readers with too frequent of the petty update on reading deliberately; but I like to add that upon completion of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, I have fulfilled Category 2 (Charles Dickens) of the reading plan, which puts me at 70% progress.The next fulfilled goal shall be non-fiction, as I have been reading An Alchemy of Mind by Diane Ackerman, recommended by Tom, a fellow blog reader. Almost finished is In the Shadow of the Cypress by Thomas Steinbeck, a novel that blends history and suspense with literary mastery and brings vivid realism to California’s rich (Chinese) heritage in Monterey.