I get asked this question a lot, either by a commenter on the blog or someone I know: What am I going to do AFTER I finish the 101 Books?
And it’s one I don’t quite know the answer to…yet.
I have a few ideas rolling around in my brain, with either new lists, self-created lists, and no list at all. Whatever the case, I’m pretty certain this blog will still exist and, hopefully, I won’t have run out of ideas by then.
As I mentioned in my preview post for 2014, I hope to have more definite plans on a book later this year. Whether that is through a traditional publisher or not has yet to be determined.
How that pans out could possibly determine the direction of the blog, but I don’t really know for sure. The only thing I do know for sure is that I enjoy writing about books, and, at the moment, I plan to keep on writing about books.
So when might I finish the 101 Books project?
Tomorrow, I’ll review my 63rd book from the Time list, The Sot-Weed Factor.
That means I have 38 books remaining from the list, including Ulysses, to round out the 101 books.
It’s definitely not the homestretch, but I can at least see the homestretch off in the distance.
So which books remain? Here are the 38 novels, in alphabetical order. (Note that I’ve scheduled Ubik as my next book.)
It’s time for me to explain my highly subjecting and totally pointless rankings.
As you may know, I go through my rankings after every five novels. It’s a nice way to close out some of my recent reads and explain why I ranked them where I did. It’s also a great way for you to bash me in the comments and tell me how stupid I am.
So let’s take a look at the last five novels:
I often get asked the question: “Why the Time Magazine list?”
That’s usually followed up with “Why not the Modern Library list? Or why not create your own?”
All fair questions.
The short answer: Time had the first list that popped up on Google when I was researching books for a summer vacation. Great SEO, Time.
The longer answer: I love lists. Making my own “list” is basically what I’ve been doing my whole life. I pick what I want to read, and I read it. Ironically, that approach had severely limited my reading.
Before I start today’s post, I’ll let you know that Watchmen and Lolita won the “runoff” voting yesterday. So that means the next five, in no particular order, will be Never Let Me Go, Animal Farm, Beloved, Watchmen, and Lolita. Thanks for voting!
Now, on to today’s regularly scheduled post…
After the Freshly Pressed feature on Friday, I’ve had a lot of new visitors and subscribers over the weekend.
And since I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, I thought now would be a great time to write a 101 Books FAQ–many of which are questions I’ve been asked, some of which are questions I ask myself when I interview myself. You don’t do that?
I’ll make this a new “page” at the top of the blog menu, if you’re interested in taking a look at it in the future.
So here you go:
What’s the point of 101 Books?
Other than reading through 101 books, all on Time Magazine’s list of ALL-TIME novels published since 1923? I like to read. I like lists. I like big projects. I like blogging. Why not? When I started the blog, I thought I’d simply write a “review” of each book, with a related post here and there, maybe once a week. But the blog slowly morphed into a 5-day-a-week deal, and I’m loving it.
Today’s post is the second part of my Q&A with Lev Grossman, senior writer and book critic at Time Magazine. Lev was one of two critics who selected the Time 100 list. For a recap, check out part one.
On with the questions.