My friend Dolores and I have decided to engage Southern authors in 2012. We decided that we needed to formalize and coordinate our reading this year.
She had suggested Shakespeare’s complete works guessing, incorrectly, that I would say yes. I have been craving to read new work and have been planning to engage Southern authors. She heartily agreed to this suggestion.
We also agreed to throw in Moby Dick just because I never finished it (I did read the first half twice, however). I think between one or two books a month is a reasonable goal. Additional readings are assigned during summer and December. Below is the list and schedule.
I have also started a study group on Wiggio, where we can trade notes and check in with each other as needed. Send me your email and I’ll send out a Wiggio invite for you to join me. Feel free to participate as little or as much as you wish. This is especially the case if there is something on the list that you have been meaning to read but have not gotten around to. (Full disclosure: the only thing on this list that I have read is Foote’s Civil War)
Note: Except for Moby Dick, the links to Amazon.com or for the edition that I own or intend to buy.
January: Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
January-Feb: Moby Dick, Melville
March: All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
April: Light in August, Faulkner
May: The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
June: The Civil War: A Narrative, Shelby Foote (Volume I only)
July The Border Trilogy: All The Pretty Horses, The Crossing, & Cities of the Plain, C. McCarthy
August As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner
September In Cold Blood, Truman Capote & To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
October The Optimist’s Daughter & Collected Short Stories, Eudora Welty
November Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe
December The Road & Suttree, C.McCarthy