Sometime this week, people, I’m realizing a literary dream. (Drum roll and stately trumpet salute, please…) I will finally read Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
Why is this significant, you ask? It’s one of the books that I’ve always intended to read someday, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. The Art of War is a classic combat and military strategy book, written by a Chinese general, filled with advice about how to defeat your enemies. Military strategists have been using it for centuries.
Right now, the book sits patiently in my bookbag, waiting until I have time to read it. I’m looking forward to what Sun Tzu has to say. Maybe he’ll have some good advice about tactics I can use to defeat the traffic around here. (If you don’t believe the DC metro area is a traffic battleground, people, just visit the Beltway during the morning or evening rush hour.) And if I get stuck, hey, there’s always Cliffs Notes.
After I finish this book, I’ll be able to cross it off my literary bucket list. The list has grown pretty big over the years. For example, I plan to read Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit, John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, and Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. Plus, there’s William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford.
The literary bucket list got even bigger since I started blogging and got reading recommendations from other literature-loving bloggers. (See what you started, people???) I’ve created a list of those books, too. Thanks to another blogger, I found and read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, a book that’s about defeating your inner enemy (Resistance) so that you don’t pay attention to that internal voice inside you that holds you back from achieving your dreams. Then there’s Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One, Shobhan Bantwal’s The Sari Shop Widow and John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Oh, boy.
I don’t know when I’ll find time to read them all, but I’ll manage somehow. I figure if I read one book per weekend, I can do at least 50 books a year. (I’m leaving out two weekends because I’m going to need a couple of them to rest my eyes from all that reading.)
Readers: I’m curious. What books are on your literary bucket list?