For the first time in my graduate career, my class reading and The List have aligned and I can cross another book off The List! *cheering* *the crowd goes wild*
Thank you, Professor Awesome, for including Anne of Green Gables on your syllabus this term. It was hilarious and has gotten me one step closer to my goal.
That’s 65 down, 80 to go!
It turns out that six years ago today I posted the Facebook chain-quiz (note? post? thingy? what do you even call those things) that started this all. Little did I know at the time that six years later, I would not only still be working on that list, but I would have a blog dedicated to the effort, and I would be upgrading my English minor to a Master’s in English.
Life is pretty awesome, I’m a pretty fortunate person.
SIX YEARS! And I haven’t given up yet. I’m coming for you, List.
My next read from The List is none other than George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Admittedly, I did not know this book existed until The List brought it in to my life. According to the interwebs, I’m lucky as Middlemarch is bananas, according to this awesome review on Goodreads:
Middlemarch has nearly 100,000 reviews on Goodreads, and they are overwhelmingly positive. 90% of people liked it. 90%!!
So, you know, no pressure.
Reading this book, I’m going to feel like Stella watching Star Wars for the first time, and the Internet is Marshall and Ted, listening through a door for my reactions. Judging me.
Off I go to broaden my understanding provincial life through 889 pages of classic British literature!
I am *totally* going to love it. I will totally understand the walking bear.
It turns out that I had incorrectly logged books I’ve read (*cough* or listened to as audiobooks *cough*) this year on Goodreads, and am actually much closer to my goal as previously believed (yay!).
After correctly logging books I have read, and with the help of a recent long driving trip which allowed me to finish two and half audiobooks, I find myself with only three books left to read to reach my goal.
According to Goodreads I am now “on track” to reach my goal. Coming off of months of being ridiculously behind, this made me feel very good, and very confident. In celebration, today I decided to ditch my plan of relying on young adult fiction, Shakespeare (with the exception of Henry IV Part Two, which I’m still working on and will finish soon), and audiobooks, and turned once again to my bowl to pick which book to read next.
My next book will be: Anna Karenina
True, this is not the most digestible of books, but it is supposed to be very good. It’s on The List after all, right?! Don’t worry, guys, I totally got this…
…I am 62% sure I got this…
…I picked up the first Infernal Devices book and The Five People You Meet in Heaven…just to be safe…Safety first!