I made the journey to my library yesterday. I had to renew my card and pay my giant $1.25 fine, thanks to the season of Bones we checked out a long time ago. Instantly, I got that feeling I always get when I'm in a library or a book store. "So many choices, so many stories, so much fun! And it's FREE! How can you beat that?"
I perused the shelves for awhile. I didn't know where to start. I knew which books that I've always wanted to read, but then how would I ever push myself to read all of them if I read all the familiar ones first?
I was also getting ideas for books I've always wanted to read that aren't on the list. Hello, Ellen DeGeneres, hiding over here. Maybe later, but not today!
I randomly picked a few books of my list and came home with:
A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Emma by THE Jane Austen, of course! and
The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
They didn't have the Joy Luck Club, which would have been my first pick from Tan, but it all worked out pretty well.
I picked one book that I was familiar with and two that I didn't know anything about. I think I might organize the list that way and tackle it like that. Or I could organize it into fiction and non-fiction. Or categories. Oh, there's so many options!
I can't wait to get started. Since I'm on vacation and also currently have no gas to go anywhere, I should be able to make a dent in these books by the end of the month.
Gretchen Rubin is so right. Sometimes, just the planning something (a vacation, a party, a project) gives you almost as much happiness as actually going through with the activity!