I have started reading for the “Not a Rat’s Chance in Hell Challenge“. I was waiting to post until I had decided on all the books, but I have already completed several off my incomplete list and, well, it’s starting to get close to the end of the year.
With three of ten down, this is the challenge and how I plan to tackle it. Any suggestions on item 6?
My tentative list:
1. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco: A book that has been previously abandoned
2. The Trial – Frank Kafka (I told my friend Pat I would, but have not yet…..better late…): A re-read.
3. Native Son – Richard Wright: A book that has been sitting on the shelf, like, forever.
4. Poetry (particular collection TBA): A book that paralyses one with dread.
5. A Fringe of Leaves – Patrick White: Investigate a canonical writer hitherto most shamefully overlooked.
6. Undetermined: Seek out a book by an author who has earned ostracism by being so good that any further novel could surely never measure up…?
7. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez: That author who was supposed to be really good, but didn’t go down too well? Give him/her another go!
8. Skippy Dies – Paul Murray: Take a chance. Read a book which you would rather not.
9. Neuromancer – William Gibson (following the lead of Pechorin’s Journal who knows sci-fi): A book from an unfamiliar genre.
10. The Underpainter – Jane Urquhart: Ask a friend (preferably a person of impeccable taste, and definitely not someone who might have an axe to grind) to choose a book that you will, in their opinion, like.
I plan to update my progress at the end of each month until I finish. (Hopefully, that will be by the end of the year, but, if not, I will continue reading and posting until I do finish.)