Hello friends! I’ve just finished reading quite a dull book called The Jane Austen Book Club. I’m sure I should have known better, but forgive me for expecting the characters to actually DISCUSS ol’ Jane here and there.
Matt’s just finished reading Pride and Prejudice, a book I haven’t touched since I was 14. (But seriously, who needs to when the BBC version is just as amazing as the novel?) It was wonderful actually discussing a book with him at length. We are a pair of avid readers, but our literary paths hardly seem to cross. Odd? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely.
Sure Matt and I share similar opinions on a great many things, but we’re both quick to get defensive and hide behind hurt feelings after the “it was okay” response referring to (in our minds) a masterpiece.
Example: Matt is a HUGE Charles Bukowski fan. For me, just the one was enough. Meanwhile he was less than impressed with Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a comic genius, in my opinion. We can laugh about our differences now, but when you find another person who reads, and you share that intimacy of your favorite books with that person, in the moment of disappointment it can be crushing. Still I doubt he’ll ever stop nagging me to watch Alien, just as I will never stop suggesting he read Ender’s Game or Watership Down. Matt loves the “no, that’s for kids” argument in various instances.
So getting to my point, I’d like to use the internet in the form of this blog to discuss books. It’s a simple concept, but I expect to make it challenging. This is the third year in a row I’ve attempt to read 50 books. It was a great success in 2009 (55) and no so much in 2010 (36). This year I’m a bit behind at 39, but I hope to hit the mark before the end.
In keeping with that theme, I intend to rank the best 50 books I’ve ever read in 5 posts. 10 books at a time. I once saw a brilliant blog where a guy listed his 100 favorite songs. I expect this will be equally impossible. So compiling the list is my homework for the week. I promise to try to make it a bit visual. I hope you’ll all be curious enough to check it out!