Turning 30

I’m turning 30 in a little less than 6 months and so a friend of mine posted a link to this article: 30 Books You Should Read Before You’re 30 at The Huffington Post.

So how many have I read?  How many can I read between now and then?

  1. “The Dream of a Common Language,” by Adrienne Rich
  2. “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” by Tom Robbins
  3. “The Sun Also Rises,” by Ernest Hemingway -I started this book for a class in graduate school but never finished.  Maybe this time I will.
  4. “The Secret History,” by Donna Tartt
  5. “Anna Karenina,” by Leo Tolstoy
  6. “A Collection of Essays,” by George Orwell
  7. “Hamlet,” by William Shakespeare- Read and taught!
  8. “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” by Michael Chabon
  9. “Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage,” by Alice Munro
  10. “Native Son,” by Richard Wright
  11. “Demon-Haunted World,” by Carl Sagan
  12. “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace
  13. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” by Milan Kundera
  14. “Song of Solomon,” by Toni Morrison- Read in college.  Really like Morrison and she’s also an Ohio native from a nearby town!
  15. “Critique of Pure Reason,” by Immanuel Kant
  16. “Siddhartha,” by Hermann Hesse- Read in high school, I’m thinking 10th grade.  Loved it.  Have it on my kindle.
  17. “The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz
  18. “You Shall Know Our Velocity,” by Dave Eggers
  19. “How Should a Person Be?” by Sheila Heti
  20. “Leaves of Grass,” by Walt Whitman
  21. “Enormous Changes at the Last Minute,” by Grace Paley
  22. “Portrait of a Lady,” by Henry James
  23. “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” by Joan Didion
  24. “Letters to a Young Contrarian,” by Christopher Hitchens
  25. “A People’s History of the United States,” by Howard Zinn
  26. “The Golden Notebook,” by Doris Lessing
  27. “Giovanni’s Room,” by James Baldwin
  28. “Autobiography of Malcolm X,” as told to Alex Haley
  29. “A Room of One’s Own,” by Virginia Woolf
  30. “Birds of America,” by Lorrie Moore

3/30 already read… Not great.  I’m going to start by picking three of the non-fiction choices on this list as I’d told myself I’d read three non-fiction books before thirty already.  Then, we’ll see what I can get through.

Blogger Fail

Since this is my first post in the entire month of February I have not been holding to my post-a-week commitment.  Hopefully I can remedy that soon.

Here’s a brief update on my reading life-

I read The First Part Last– by Angela Johnson recently at work and hope to review it soon.

I am currently reading Going Bovine when I have small periods of down time at work.  (Which, let’s face it, is very rare.)

I am reading on my Kindle The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This is not YA Lit, but I am enjoying the challenge of reading something that is a little less high paced.

Has anyone else been neglecting their blogging duties?

Summer Reading Plan

This is my last full week of work before the end of the school year so naturally I have started to plan out my summer.  I know what trips I’m taking, what weddings I’m attending, and what activities I want to enjoy.  I have not as of yet decided on a summer reading list for myself yet.

I have been extremely bad about reading so far in 2010, so I am thinking the summer is the perfect time to pick up the pace.  Lay your suggestions on me in the comments… I need ideas!  I’m hoping I can average a little over one book a week… and there are around 11 weeks.  Using that math let’s say I want to read 25 books this summer.  I can do it!!

Weekend Reading Plan 5/1-5/3

This weekend I hope to read The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier and an ARC of a book that is coming out May 5th.  I’m going to leave you guessing on that one.  I will also continue plugging through 1984.  I feel like I’m keeping a good pace with regards to reading this year, much better than last year.  So instead of aiming for an average of 1 book per week, I think I’m going to up the ante and try to read a minimum of 75 books.  I’ll be ecstatic if I make it to 100.

Weekend Reading Plan- 4/17-4/19

This is a crazy weekend for me with the funeral for my grandma, out of town company, and finishing preparations for my interview on Tuesday.  So in light of all that I’m not setting my sights on anything specific in terms of reading this weekend, if I find a spare moment I’ll try to do a little reading.  If not, oh well.  I will definitely try to finish a book by next Friday though.

For those of you ending your spring breaks enjoy your last days of freedom.  Here in Ohio it looks like the weather is going to be great so get out and enjoy!!

Weekend Reading Plan- 4/3-4/5

This weekend I plan on finishing The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean.  I also plan on getting a few chapters of 1984 by Orwell done.  If I’m really on a roll I will probably start another YA book, but I’m not sure which one yet.  


Also keep an eye out Monday for a new poll and the results from last weeks.

Reading Plan for the Weekend 3/27-3/29

My plan for this weekend reading wise is to read:

“Room in the Heart” by Sonia Levitin 


“Confessions of a Not It girl” by Melissa Kantor

I would like to add a third book to at least start but I believe this is all I have out of the library at this point!  Even if I read both of these this weekend I will probably post one review today and the other around Monday sometime.  

Since I’ll be getting a new batch of books from the library this week does anyone have any suggestions?!