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Mar 14 2012

The Books You’ve Always Meant To Read

by Joseph M

I was browsing through recent entries of a librarian blog I like when I came across a cool Depression-era poster created the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal agency which provided employment on public works projects for millions of Americans from 1935-1943.  According to the folks at Brainpickings.org who originally blogged on this topic, this is just one of many great posters produced by the WPA promoting various literacy projects of the time.

Seeing as we’re in the middle of March, I found this poster particularly suitable for today’s blog, and it got me to thinking about the many books I’ve been meaning to read for years but have never managed to get around to.  Running the gamut from “classics” of literature to more modern books that friends have recommended, my list of books to be read is quite long, and constantly growing.  I may not be able to fit too much in before April, but I’m looking forward to the challenge!

What books have you always meant to read?  Think you’ll find the time this month?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jimmy L March 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I have 576 books on my “to read” list. I don’t think I’ll be able to get through them all in March.

Dea Anene M March 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I have meant to read George Eliot’s Middlemarch for years now, and maybe this year in April I finally will! I also want to read Neal Stephenson’s Baroque and though I’m a fast reader, I’m pretty certain I wouldn’t get through that in a month.

Leigh P. March 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I finally got to Lonesome Dove in February (well worth it) and The Idiot in December 2011. I intend on reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay at some point this year, too. The ones I want to get to can often be so daunting because of their size; it’s difficult to pick one up and finish it without the accountability of a book club.

Greg H. March 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I tried to read MIDDLEMARCH for a Victorian literature class in college. I made it to about page 100. I had to concede defeat and hope that our test somehow only dealt with those first 100 pages. I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone else but Middlemarch would head my “Never Try to Read Again” list. And I have heard other people rave about it so go for it!!!

Greg H. March 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I tried to read MIDDLEMARCH for a Victorian literature class in college. I made it to about page 100. I had to concede defeat and hope that our test somehow only dealt with those first 100 pages. I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone else but Middlemarch would head my “Never Try to Read Again” list. And I have heard other people rave about it so go for it!!! I had a college professor who said that one couldn’t be an English major if one hadn’t read MADAME BOVARY so I guess that’s one for a “should” read list.

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