I actually always loved reading. I enjoy great literature. However, due to my studies, I almost lost my passion for it. During the semester, I have to read so many different textbooks and law cases that I can hardly motivate myself to read something for pleasure. Therefore, I recently have set up a Goodreads account in order to keep track of the books I read and more important to have a list of novels I would like to read.
For 2016, I set myself a reading goal and it surely sounds like a ridiculously small number but I definitely want to reach that goal and maybe even exceed the expectation. Participating in the Reading Challenge 2016 gives me some incentives to achieve my goal. In this year, I want to read one book each month. I think 12 books should be very well manageable 😉
Now, let’s get started: I would like to present you some of my books on my To-Read-List:
Oscar Wilde – The Picture Of Dorian Gray
This novel was actually on my school’s reading list and during my high school years I never got the chance to read it. We have read The Importance of Being Earnest in our class and I really enjoyed it. For this reason, I would love to give this one a try.
Friedrich Schiller – Maria Stuart
I not only enjoy reading in English but also in my native language German. Some of my friends ridicule my taste in literature because I prefer what they call typical school books. However, this verse play was first published in the year 1800 by the German writer and poet Friedrich Schiller. It depicts the last days of Mary, the Queen of Scots. In general, the topic about Kings and Queens is quite new to me. The monarchic system was always something unknown and, therefore, very interesting.
Dean Koontz – Velocity
There is a short story attached to this book. About seven or eight years ago I accompanied a friend of mine to a library exhibition in the heart of the city Zurich. It was quite a large book fair where you could walk from tent to tent and, fortunately, we had wonderful warm weather on that day. However, my friend dragged me into a tent where you could win a book with some luck. As the offered novels were quite unknown to me, I just picked the first English book. To be honest, I have no idea about the plot. The only thing I am aware of is that it is a crime thriller but this is really not hard to guess from the cover.
Just by coincidence, I flipped the book at the first page open and realised that I have started reading this one but never reached the third page. However, eight years ago my English was obviously not that good and I translated all the words I did not understand at that time. This was actually quite funny to see which terms I had to look up.
Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights
This book was recommended by my boyfriend with the comment: “You have to read this novel Wuthering Heights; you will like it for sure.” I read only a very short summary, the blurb to be precise, and it caught immediately my attention. Before buying a novel, I only read very little about the book itself just to keep up the tension while reading and getting surprised by twisted plots and sudden actions.
William Shakespeare – The Taming Of The Shrew
Already in high school, I genuinely enjoyed reading Shakespeare but since graduation, I never picked another play written by him up. One reason could be because I could simply not decide which one I would like to read as next. Nevertheless, the motive behind the purchase of The Taming of the Shrew sounds really silly. Once I saw on TV the movie 10 Things I Hate About You starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. Having been amused by this romantic comedy, I looked it up in the internet for gathering further information and discovered that the plot of the movie was like a modernized version of Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew – and this is how I stumbled over this play.
Timothy Findley – Pilgrim
This book purchase has also a little story to it. On my vacation with my boyfriend in London, we escaped from the heavy rain and found shelter in one of the bookshops Waterstones. Usually, I buy my books online because on the hand there are cheaper and, on the other hand, one has enough time to consider the purchase. Though, while browsing the bookshelves one spine of a book caught my eye and the cover confirmed my first impression. About the plot itself, I know very little. “Ageless. Sexless. Deathless. Timeless. Pilgrim is a man who cannot die, an astounding character in a novel of the cataclysmic contest between creation and destruction.”
Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
There is nothing much to say except that I like Charles Dickens writing style and I am really looking forward to reading this book. Currently, I am enjoying his unfished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
E.T.A. Hoffman – The Serapion Brethren
This last one is very special. Hoffman is a German author who published his work in the first half of the 19th century. What I especially enjoy is the literature genre he mainly wrote – Romanticism. An era packed with horror, fantasy, mysticism and magic. This book is more of a volume containing 28 different stories. And for its almost 2000 pages I will probably need more than a month 😉
Those eight of twelve books are definitely on my To-Read-List. For the other four novels left, do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments 🙂