It seems rather unreal to me that I have taken 10 English courses and 14 Literature courses in the span of my college career and have only read 30 out of the 100 books on the best books list. Yes, you heard correctly, just 30. I discovered this fact not too long ago when completing an internet meme, and this realization more than kind of disappointed me. What disappointed me the most of this realization is that many of the books on the list had been on many a course syllabus of mine, but I‘d never found myself reading them.
So it kind of dawned on me that since I have this blog, I could attempt to complete the entire list by a soon-to-be determined date, and use this as a little side experiment that I could discuss on the blog. The only problem now is, that I cannot decide how I want to go forth with this mission, this quest, this crusade. Okay, crusade is a bit much. Did I ever tell you that I exaggerate a little… okay, a lot?
Before I digress, too much, one of the few things I need to decide now is how I want to proceed with achieving this goal. I have an inkling, but I am one of these indecisive creatures, who only takes the initiative when need be. Most likely I will use it, not to fuel the blog, but as something for the interim. Also, the question is which Top 100 list shall I use? The one that the meme was about does not officially exist (BBC did have a top 100 list, but it was in 2003 and did not include half the books on the meme’s list), then there is the Guardian’s list, and the official BBC list, and Time magazine’s list, as well as Modern Library’s. Once I decide which book list is closest to what I need, I should be all set. Once I solve that quibble, I should be all set.
The other question that remains is: shall I read every single book regardless of whether I’ve read them or not, or simply read the books I have yet to read. I believe the latter option is most feasible, but, does going that route make me a cheater? At times, I think so, and other times I think not. To be honest, my opinion on this varies with whichever moral standing I decide to place myself that day (be it Chaotic Good or Lawful Evil, etc.). I guess it comes down to whether I want to take the ‘easy’ road or not.
That being the case, I will most likely only be reading the books I have yet to read, even though as I type this, I can’t help but think, ‘but won’t it be a better feat to complete ALL the books?’ And that yet-to-be-decided pre-determined date? I’ve been realistically considering the time constraints of this. If I read a book per week, and we keep in mind that a portion of the list is comprised of sets, and so really let’s adjust that 100 to 150 books (since the complete works of Shakespeare is in there somewhere), which means then I can get it done in approximately 150 weeks, or put simply, 3 years? Provided, of course, that armageddon does not hit in 2012.
All of this now sounds like a daunting task to try and complete all the books. But, you know? I feel up to the challenge.