I’m trying to read some real literature this summer, so here’s what I have tentatively planned.
Books which I have and plan to read:
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Collected Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas*
*Barnes and Nobel sent the wrong book, but with the correct cover. That’s right, the cover and the pages don’t match. I’m perfectly fine with this however, as this is a book which I have also been wanting to read.
Plays which I have and plan to read:
- Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
- A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
- An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
- Salomé by Oscar Wilde
These four plays are all in a collection titled The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays. I have already read—and seen in both movie rendition and live performance—The Importance of Being Earnest.
Nonfiction books which I have and plan to read:
- Screenplay by Syd Field
- Writing with Style by John R. Trimble
- Gates by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews
The last title is of course a reference to Bill Gates, not garden gates.
Books which I don’t have but plan to read:
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick**
**This is Cornell’s summer reading book, which they’re shipping soon.
Books which I don’t have but do want to read:
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo (at friend’s recommendation)
Added from edit:
- Straight Man by Richard Russo (at friend’s recommendation)
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (at friend’s recommendation)
Well, that’s it for now—there’s a heck of a lot of other books I want to read at some point.
Finally, for the sake of completeness, below is a list of books which I have read so far in 2010, in approximate forward chronological order (many of these appear as posts on my blog).
Books which I have read so far in 2010:
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka*** (actually I read this on Dec. 25, 2009, but eh, close enough!)
- QED by Richard Feynman (and I read this on Dec. 29, 2009, oh well)
- Perfect Rigor by Masha Gessen
- The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
- Viva la Repartee by Mardy Grothe
- Oxymoronica by Mardy Grothe
- Candide by Voltaire
- Othello by Shakespeare***
- The Pirate Hunter by Richard Zacks
- The Pursuit of WOW! by Tom Peters
- Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou***
- I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like by Mardy Grothe
- Ifferisms by Mardy Grothe
- Introduction to Graph Theory by Richard J. Trudeau
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
- The Aims of Education by The University of Chicago
- The Great Gatsby by F.S. Fitzgerald***
- Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You by Mardy Grothe
- Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar by Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein
- xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe
- The Annotated Alice by Martin Gardner and Lewis Carroll
- Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
- “The Hunting of the Snark” by Lewis Carroll
***Assigned readings for school
By the way, the size of this list is rather unusual for me, as I used to not read this much. I went through most years of my life reading maybe five or six books outside of school per year; only this year (and the latter half of 2009) did I really start enjoying literature.
If I had to recommend five books from this list—actually a tough decision—I would choose Viva la Repartee, Candide, Siddhartha, Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. Yes, Lewis Carroll is just that awesome.