Making Some Lists, Checking Them Occasionally
Tis the season for lists. Already we’ve seen numerous lists touting the best books of the year in all categories: fiction, nonfiction, children’s picture books, YA, and on and on. There is value in these lists. They let us collectively compare our reading habits, see how our own taste in literature matches up with the paid literary taste makers du jour, remind us which books we meant to read but haven’t yet. It’s good to reflect on the past year, but I’m feeling bullish on the future. In that spirit, I offer you a list of must-read books for 2012.
- The one you can’t put down
- The one that surprises you and teaches you something new about yourself
- The one that makes you laugh out loud
- The one you won’t read on a plane or the light rail because it makes you cry
- The one you wrote and need to revise before sending it out into the world (read this one a few times)
- The ones your fellow workshoppers submit (read these carefully, thoughtfully)
- Anything published by members or faculty at Lighthouse
- The one you first read in high school (or college or elementary school) that made you realize that writing was maybe the most important thing a person could do in the world.
And here is a totally subjective list of the books that I won’t be reading in 2012.
- The ones that bore me
- Anything written by a denizen of the Jersey Shore or “real” housewife
- Anything written by a dog or a cat or a gerbil (Disclaimer: If my animals write anything, I’m definitely reading it. I have so many questions…)
- Books about women who discover themselves at middle age by practicing yoga, drinking herbal tea, sleeping with men in exotic countries, etc. (Please note, I am not in any way opposed to the actual practice of yoga, tea-drinking or sleeping with men in this country or any other.)
- Anything by Donald Trump
What’s on your list?