02 January, 2007

Top books I read in 2006

Elliot at Claw of the Conciliator has a list of the best books he read in 2006. He suggests that readers supply their own list, so here's mine:

  • uhm...
Pretty sad, isn't it? I can't remember a single book. Maybe I haven't had the time to read?

Or have I? I certainly have some time outside work, but some of it I spent on the weblog, and a lot of it I spend with my family. That's pretty demanding. Is that reason enough to have read nothing that I can recall? It's pretty embarassing, given the fact that I started this weblog with a series of posts comparing and contrasting Dostoevsky and Hugo, and that I have a rather long section of posts in the "Literature" section of the archive. I'm not the most prolific reader, but I do read, after all. Or rather, I did once.

So, having failed miserably in 2006, I present the following list of books I resolve to work on in 2007:
  • I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni. People who have read it tell me it's among the greatest works of Italian literature, and one of the greatest novels of all time. We'll see about that.
  • Purgatorio, by Dante Alighieri. I read Inferno some years back. I actually started to read Purgatorio a couple of months ago, and lost track. That reminds me of something (see the next post).
  • Uhm... to be determined.


Clemens said...

I can sympathize.It helps to have a job like mine that siimply demands that you read. It also helps to have a wife as passionate about reading as I am, no children, and a TV that only picks up PBS.

I'll have to try the Italian book - right now I would say the greatest novel is 'War and Peace.' But maybe not.

jack perry said...

Yeah, children take a lot of time, and I'm not giving as much as I should.

My TV only picks up PBS, NBC, and sometimes Fox. Life without cable is great :-) So we don't watch much TV, as in programs, but we do watch a fair number of films thanks to Blockbuster Online.

BTW, I didn't say the greatest, but "one of the greatest". (Whew! I was worried for a second!)