here is the thing to know about me and projects- I really love them, as far as plans, outlines and lists go. one of my favourite things to do in the world is making motivation and mood-boards, whether that be on Pinterest or the pin-board above my desk. i am going to admit to a slight obsession with cut out illustrations (because they are pretty and inspiring) magazine articles (because I will definitely need to know the five healthiest oils to cook with at some point in my life) and advertisements (because there is no end to my list of ‘if I win the lottery I am buying this..’)
I will still stand by my half-completed scrapbooks and lists of lists because guess what…they actually work!
having said that, of course I am not suggesting that I get everything done, but I helps me keep up with the things that inspire me, the many things I once hope to learn and try… and believe it or not, things do get ticked off of the list.
THE LIST can be located in my yearly planner, it enjoys the highest security clearance as it contains future xmas and birthday gift ideas (yes, i am talking xmas 2014), concert and musical titles waiting to be watched, scrapbook supplies to be bought and short courses to be taken. i give it a read every week and even though i add items way faster than i cross them off, but that crossing off! it’s a moment of perfection! the i-have-worked-for-this or the more appropriate student dictionary phrase i-have-eaten-tesco-sandwiches-for-this-out-of-my-student-loan fills you with such satisfaction, that motivation to take up another sharpie and perform a deadly crossing off never dies!!
one of many summer projects (another post on that to follow) has been to set up a reading challenge to motivate myself getting through my enormous ‘to read’ list. my enthusiasm resulted – as per usual – in many unrealistic options, like ‘100-books-in-100-days’ or ‘365-books-in-a-year’ because…well they sound good. they sound like something I would be proud of having accomplished. however – and you have no idea how hard it is to admit this – I cannot do everything I want in one lifetime, so my new thing is: hold on to my lists, be selective, and do the things that make me happy, that inspire me and help me grow.
I have now incorporated my final year university reading list into the newest edition of books-to-be-read-til-the-end-of-the-year list, which unfortunately resulted in many titles being – yet again – pushed back to the end, but priorities must be made. I am aware of the ambitious scale of the project, but I do trust in my long (and very soon to come!!) holiday in Spain, because there is not many things that are as inseparable as sunbathing and reading a good book. maybe throw in a pina colada… there. you have heaven on earth.
without further ado, I present to you: books-to-be-read-til-the-end-of-the-year
|4||JKRowling||The Cuckoo’s Calling|
|5||Making Handmade Books|
|7||Ildiko Boldizsar||Fairy Tale Therapy|
|8||Sylvia Plath||The Bell Jar|
|9||J. M. Coetzee||Disgrace|
|10||J. G. Ballard||Crash|
|12||Don de Lillo||Players|
|13||Alan Hollinghurst||The Line of Beauty|
|14||Kathy Acker||Blood and Gruts in High School|
|15||Milan Kundera||The Unbearable Lightness of Being|
|16||David Shields||Reality Hunger: A manifesto|
|17||Miguel de Cervantes||Don Quixote Part 1|
|18||Daniel Defoe||Moll Flanders|
|19||Denis Diderot||Jacques the Fatalist|
|21||Honore Balzac||Pere Goriot|
|22||Huxley||Doors of Perception|
|23||Gustave Flaubert||Madame Bovary|
|26||C S Lewis||The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe|
|29||Henry James||The Spoils of Poynton|
|30||Virginia Woolf||To the Lighthouse|
|33||Apuleius||The Tale of Cupid and Psyche’ in The Golden Ass|
|34||ed. Maria Tatar (Norton Critical)||The Classic Fairy Tales|
|35||ed. W. G. Waters||Straparola, The Facetious Nights of Straparol|
|36||tr. Nancy Canepa||Basile, The Tale of Tales|
|37||tr. Robert L. Mack (Oxfrod World Classics)||Selected tales from Arabian nights|
|38||Charles Perrault||Perrault’s Fairy Tales|
|39||Madame d’Aulnoy (University Pres of the Pacific, 2003)||The Fairy Tales of Madame d’Aulnoy|
|40||Madame de Villeneuve||Beauty and the Beast|
|41||Madame d’Aulnoy (tr. Jack Zipes)||Beauty and the Beast, in Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales|
|42||Grimm tr. Joyce Crick (Oxford Classics)||Selected Tales|
|43||Andersen tr. Tiina Nunally (Penguin)||Fairy Tales|
|44||ed. Marina Balina & Mark Lipovetsky (Northwestern University Press)||Pavel Bazhov’s The Malachite Casket and Valentin Kakaev’s The Flower of Seven Colours, in Politizing Magic: An Anthology of Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales|
|45||Angela Carter||The Bloody Chamber|
|46||Russian Fairy Tales|
alas, do not be fooled, you ain’t seen nothing’ yet. the list goes on and on. but as I said…small steps for now.