Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Holiday Reading

I have an excel spreadsheet with over a hundred books that I hope to read in the near future. The problem is that I haven't read one book on my list in over six months. Not that I'm not reading -- I'm just not reading the books I most look forward to reading. So, lately, in order to entice myself to start hacking away at my long list, I have been buying these books and piling them up on my desk. I have decided that my "holiday" reading list is as follows:

1. Her Body Knows by David Grossman
2. Mr. Mani by A. B. Yehoshua
3. Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
4. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
5. Natasha by David Bezmozgis
6. There Are Jews In My House by Laura Vapnar

Of course it's unlikely that I will get through more than two of these, in between MLA and AJS conferences, but one can dream . . .

So, what is everyone else planning to read over the holidays?


nedric said...

I'll share, as long as nobody gets too judgmental :)

1. Doubt: A History by Jennifer Hecht
2. Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: An Introduction by David Stern
3. Madame Bovary
4. She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth Johnson

Maybe: Unquiet Understanding: Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics by Nicholas Davey

Anonymous said...

I must admit I have not heard of most of the books you want to read. I will reading Orwells collected essays 1920-1950, something by Dickens and The Book of Nothing by John D Barrow. Much of what you like seems rather esoteric to me.

Monica said...

Wow, Nedric, that's holiday reading? I'm impressed. I am going to be on a novels-only kick once the holidays are here. Is that the same David Stern who wrote MIDRASH AND THEORY (I still don't know how to italicize in comments)?


bill cooper,
I don't think I've ever read any of Orwell's essays -- cool choice. And you can't go wrong with Dickens.

Casey said...

I think I'll try to find that Jennifer Hecht book for myself... and I'm also going to finish Umberto Eco's The Island of the Day Before, and re-read Moby-Dick so it's fresh in my head when I start chapter 3.

nedric said...

The "doubt" book has been a pleasant read.

I'm pretty sure it's a different Stern - although he has published some on the question of Wittgenstein's Jewishness.

Good luck at the conferences.

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Monica said...

Thank you, Nedric!

Casey, how many times have you read Moby Dick? You'll be happy to know I just purchased Marquez's Memories of My Melancholy Whores last night to add to my list -- all because of your review!