Hi all. Just recently I realized a couple things about myself and my day to day habits. As you may know, I am a Computer Analyst for my ‘real’ job during the week & I am a freelance Web Designer and Programmer in my spare time, so to say I spend too much time on a computer is an understatement. When you throw in a heavy dose of Television, being the big sports fan I am, along with a Conan, Jimmy and Comedy Central fan, you could say that TV takes up a majority of my spare time. I do get to the gym, and walk my dog, along with the typical household chores, you know… laundry, dusting, vacuuming, dishes, trash and so on. However somewhere along the way something has gone amiss.

When I was in school I used to have my nose stuck in a textbook a lot. Mostly technical jargon, but I was reading none the less. I still thumb through a PHP or SQL book from time to time, but nothing like when getting my undergrad, and nothing that might inspire, teach or amaze me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good programming book like the next geek, but when did I stop reading books for pleasure/knowledge/enlightenment? After realizing I don’t read near as much as I should, I made myself a promise.

I’ve been wanting a Kindle since they came out, but never had the money (I still don’t), or the time to use such a thing as often as I’d like. To help myself get back into the swing of things and to reward myself for following through I have compile a list of 10 books I’ve never read, which is a shame, especially when you see the list! If I can finish reading my list of 10 before my 26th birthday, which also happens to be my Golden birthday on March 26th, I will buy myself a Kindle for my birthday (pending I have the cash). Doesn’t that sound like a good deal?!

Anyway, I don’t want this to stop after the 10 books on my list, like I said, this is a incentive to get started. While compiling my list I did a lot of searching on books that are must reads, but the amount of results I received was overwhelming, and honestly I am ashamed of the classic titles which I have not read!

I challenge you all to help me extend my list of “Books you must read before you kick the bucket”, and I will start it off with the 10 I intend to read between now and the 26th of March.

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas, père
  2. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  3. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  5. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  6. The Pattern on the Stone – W. Daniel Hillis
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  8. 1984 – George Orwell
  9. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  10. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell – Tucker Max

There are a couple of other books I have on my list too, but unless noted otherwise these are the books that I have to read before my birthday. I am currently reading The Kite Runner, and am about halfway done. I will probably update this post with my progress and depending on how I feel about the literature I may do some posting and reviewing to boot. Have a great night, now I am off to read!