Yippee! I'm halfway through!
Last Labour Day, I set out to read 50 NYRB Classics within a year, and I've now finished 25 books. I'm falling about a month behind, but the first half of the year is always really busy for me at work, and so I'm fairly confident that I can catch up. If I can't, I'll just extend my deadline until December 31st (hey, it's my challenge, I can change the rules) and that way, the length of the books shouldn't be as much of a factor in my selections (I have my eye on a 600 page novel as my next pick).
I must say, a part of me is happily surprised that I've gotten this far, as I'm always embarking enthusiastically on reading challenges and then quickly losing steam (or interest). But it's a credit to the editors at NYRB who really do have an eye for great literature, that this has been such an enjoyable journey. I keep discovering these amazing books and writers and the minute I've finished one book, I really look forward to browsing my NYRB shelf and seeing what next piques my interest. As an avid reader, I'm very grateful to all the folks at NYRB for keeping these books in print. For a full recap of my reading challenge so far, you can click here.
I know I'm not the only NYRB fan out there (or wanna-be fan) and so here's your chance to show your love. I'm giving away a fabulous NYRB bag filled with lots of NYRB books and galleys. Just leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me which NYRB Classics book is your favourite and why. If you've never read one, tell me which one you'd most like to read. Their full list is located here. (And yes, I'm looking for recommendations for the second half of my challenge). I'll throw all names into a hat, pick a winner and then contact you for your mailing address. This contest is open to anyone living in Canada or the United States and I'll accept entries until Monday, April 5th, 2010.
Note: This contest is now closed.