A New Project  

Posted by CK

So, it’s a Monday afternoon and I have a half hour in between one important work thing and the next. I need a breather anyways.

I just spent a semi-nice weekend. The “semi” part cause I had to work on Saturday giving presentations and what not. But working one day a weekend is a step-up from the previous weekend where I spent all weekend preparing said presentation. The nice part was where I went to my SW’s place, relaxed, ate good food, played Scrabble (got my ass kicked), went for long walks and spent time with my cutie-pie, darling, sweetheart, crunchy puppu…. Ok ok wait. I’ll show you a picture. Here she is and tell me she’s not the most adorable thing on God’s earth. 

So, yes, I’m relaxed and feeling pretty good about the week ahead. I have a lot of things I need to do but I’m not going to do them just yet.

About 9 years ago, a friend of mine and I started a very ambitious project. TIME Magazine had just published its 100 Greatest Books of the 20th Century. The list I’m linking you to is the updated list as of 2005 because I can’t find the old list. But no matter, the list is mostly unchanged but for a few entries. There are a lot of lists out there but we took TIME as a reliable, reputable source and even if it weren’t the greatest books ever, it’d still be a start.

So, my friend and I, let’s call her Pillary for anonymity’s sake. ;) Pill and I decided that, as enlightened individuals, it was our duty to go through this list and read each book. Initially, we got off to a great start and we did read quite a few of them. Well, actually, I think it seemed like quite a few but now that I’m looking at the list, I’ve read only 5… which is kind of sad. Anywho, work and life and everything else got in the way and I’m afraid, for my part, have fallen back on my good reading.

So, I’ve decided that I have to reinitiate this project with just a few adjustments. I’ve now decided that I’m going to go through the list, in no particular order, and am going to publish book reviews of each of the books I read. I shall place them under the title of:
Greatest Books Review – [Book Name] - #
which will essentially give you an idea of which of the 100 I’m on. (Until I can think of a better name. Suggestions are welcome.)

I’ll get on this right away and at the rate of one book a week, should be done in 2 years. I've already read a few of the books, as mentioned earlier, but I'll have to re-read them in order to give you a good review. Although, my post on the Chronicles of Narnia  (at least the latter half of the post) will serve as a review for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've also read 1984, Catch-22, Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, Lolita, Midnight's Children and of course, my favourite comic/graphic novel, Watchmen. I'll go through them all again.

I’m going to take this chance to plug one of my favorite book stores in the city, Blossom’s. It’s been around for a few years I think and you can get a load of great books there at very, very cheap. And if you’re the kind who doesn’t like to keep old books, they buy back at 50%. So, its win-win and they have an awesome collection of books. It’s on Church Street right down the road from Java City and I love that place.

So, wish me luck and happy reading.

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