About

JULY 2012

If you’ve visited my blog before, you know I finished reading Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels in 100 weeks and needed to take a little break (of course I was still reading).  I have created the Second List and am embarking on a new journey.  If I can get through this list, I may attempt The 1001 Books to Read Before You Die…we’ll see.  So thanks to all my fellow bloggers and it’s good to be back.

JUNE 2010

My challenge is to read 100 books in 100 weeks.  No small feat, I say, whilst others may snicker at my mere mortal goal.

I love to read, always have.  In fact, I am sometimes reading three books at a time and feel like I’m incomplete if I am not in the midst of at least one book.  While I consider myself an avid reader, I am not quite so sure about the “well read” label so I’ve decided to finally challenge myself to the task.

Bear in mind, I’ve been known to procrastinate from time to time.  At the age of 6, I decided to “read” the dictionary.  Starting with the letter ‘A’ (of course), I neatly wrote down each word with its definition and then rewrote the word ten times.  Let’s just say I never made it to the letter ‘B’.

My first year in college, I met an interesting older student (he was probably 30) who I shared my dream of reading the classics with.  He graciously provided me with a list  of what he considered to be the books that would help me become well read.   I’m ashamed to say I don’t even think I read one from his list (and a good list it was).

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read some of the classics found on the Modern Library’s list, but I’m a tad short when it comes to the number 100.  I’ve even kept a reading list the last 5 years and have been reading about 20 books per year with a classic or two sprinkled in the mix.  If I’ve done my mental math correctly, I need to up the reading ante by more than double to reach my goal.

So what got me to finally attempt this literary marathon?  My mother passed away a year ago and while recently going through her things, I came across the Modern Library’s list.  She marked the list with symbols indicating she’d read 66, planned to read 24, found 2 she may have read and listed 8 she was not interested in (gotta love that).  I did a quick tally of what I’ve read and let’s just say, it was not close to 66.

Starting June 21, 2010, I will begin with James Joyce’s Ulysses (egads, talk about light summer reading) and will report in weekly with a review of each book and my challenges of reading a (good/bad/ugly) book a week.  Please post your comments here and join me, if you dare…

“If I’m not reading or writing, I’m not being”.  Me

18 responses to “About

  1. Eveth Colley

    Ron, you are ambitious, daring and committed. This is a great feat and I know you will accomplish this…you are going to feel so inspired and empowered after doing this, for many reasons. I am always proud of you. You go Ron! Beautiful site you developed.

  2. Paula Pierce

    Ronnie,
    Wow! I’m still pretty amazed that anybody can finish Ulysses in only a week! The list is really interesting. Some of my favorite books are on it, and there are many I’ve never heard of. I can’t wait to see your reviews. Maybe I’ll be inspired to read some of them. And, I love the website!
    Paula P.

    • vsudia

      Thanks for checking it out. Ulysses was really tough and I don’t think I would have finished it at all if I weren’t doing it in my mother’s name.

      There’s been a lot of controversy over the list itself and some people have created their own lists, but I figure if my mom thought it was worthy (excluding the eight she thought were not), then I would think so too.

      Please feel free to add your thoughts on any of the books. I’d love to hear your take on them.

  3. Excellent blog, and good luck to you! 🙂

  4. What an interesting blog! I’m doing something similar – 100 books, but only some from the Modern Library – so it would be cool to compare reviews. Good luck!

    • vsudia

      How did you come up with your list?

      Like you, I had a lot of preconceived notions, but for the most part have been pleasantly delighted.

      Happy reading and I’ll check your reviews to see if our books cross over.

      • Honestly, I just found the list on another person’s blog, but she never credited it to anywhere else. I’ve seen some cool lists around (The Guardian comes to mind), but I ended up choosing mine because I thought it had the most variety. Happy reading to you too!

  5. Darlyn

    Good luck on your reading journey. I hope you succeed. 🙂

  6. Glad to find your blog, I’m doing something similar (I combined lists published by Time magazine and the BBC), but I’m not planning to write reviews of them. Good luck, I’ll be interested to see how our tastes compare.

  7. AJJenner

    Hi there – i’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award as your blog makes me smile – http://amandajenner.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/the-sunshine-award-thank-you-so-much/
    Amanda

    • vsudia

      Thanks so much for brightening up my day with the Sunshine Blog Award, these things really do help us bloggers feel acknowledged. I’ll be sure to follow your lead and give kudos to some fellow bloggers.

  8. AJJenner

    Hello hello, still love your blog, so i’ve nominated you for the reader appreciation award. http://amandajenner.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/sailing-writing-and-a-big-big-thanks/

    • vsudia

      Thanks so much for the recognition. I hope you keep following your dreams and remember, as Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

  9. Sebastian Clouth

    Hi,

    I’m the editor for the Books section on Before It’s News,‭ ‬and I came across your website, 100 Books in 100 Weeks. 

    It’s fantastic! We’d love to republish your RSS feed on our site, accompanied by a description of your blog and link back to your website. You’d benefit from having some of our millions of readers see your posts and go through to your blog.

    Let me know if this sounds like something you’re interested in‭!

    Best regards,
    Sebastian Clouth
    SClouth@beforeitsnews.com

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