My efforts to read more are foundering. I am stuck on the the book I am currently reading, Helen MacDonald's H is for Hawk. It's not the author's fault. MacDonald is an excellent writer. I am finding myself not interested. So, for now at least, I will put it aside.
One would most likely think if one wanted to read more that making a list of books deemed "difficult" would be counterproductive. It's probably true. However, there are many books out there that I have always felt I should read. Books considered classics, books that many say are challenging, books I should have read in high school or college, books I did read years ago but want to re-read. And yes, books others have warned me about "Oh that's a terrible book..."
I started this list in my head, on the drive home from work. It is just the start. Some are difficult due to their length, some are simply difficult to read. I need a reading challenge but never seem to want to read books that others recommend. Just by saying "You HAVE to read this book" automatically triggers a lack of desire to ever read it. I can't explain.
So, having said that, this is not a list of recommendations. Most of the following books I have never read. Some, like I mentioned, I have read but it's been so long ago I feel they deserve a re-read. My deadline? I hope to read as many of the books on the list by one year from today.
Here's my Onerous Reading List for 2021-2022
The list is by no means complete. I also plan, for the sake of sanity, to pepper in "light reading," (my guilty pleasure of detective or horror fiction) I want to see how many of these I can finish in six months and re-evaluate then. Until then, wish me luck. I'm going to get started and read a bit before I go to bed.