Happy New Year! (I just had the pleasure of hearing Big Ben bong, via Classic FM)
Here's another list, this time of the books I hope to read within the next year. I've been making these lists for several years now, and have found them to be a fun way to make sure I get some "serious" books in my otherwise somewhat random literary diet.
Something by Dickens (probably Nicholas Nickelby)
Does anyone out there like Dickens?
A Shakespeare play (most likely an historical one)
The Silmarillion by Tolkien
I tried this once and gave up. It won't happen again!
Paradise Lost by Milton
There are so many major poetical works to study. I think I'll begin with this.
1984 by George Orwell Finished 2/08
I don't expect to "enjoy" this necessarily; I plan on reading it because of its far-reaching influence on later literature.
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
So many rave about this; I must read it for myself.
The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter Finished 6/08
His bio of Tolkien is superb; I expect no less from this! I bought it in London for way-too-much (no, I will not tell!)...but I really wanted it. I WILL splurge on a book once in a blue moon... ;)
Unpopular Opinions by Dorothy L. Sayers
Probably my best buy from my book search while in England. I found a first edition on a charity shop shelf for half-price!