Christmas and second semester reading list
So I just finished Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, a 981-page monolith not even including its 96 pages of 388 “Endnotes and Errata.” Simply put, it was a beast, and I’ll be trying to dissect the work over the next few weeks through the help of Google and whatever else I can find. But in the end, the book was worth the effort, as it’s definitely one of the most unapologetic, humorous and illuminating novels I’ve ever read. But it leads me to a crossroads and a quesiton: “What should I read over the next few months of my life?”
Below are the books that are already on my reading list, but I’m looking for any and all suggestions (large/small, sincere/joking), so hit up the comments to let me know. You can call it a Choose Your Own Adventure reading list.
1. The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. This comes highly recommended both by EJ (whose thoughts on DFW can be found here) and by Garr over at PresentationZen. It’s all about a commitment to trim down, to cut the fat if you will, in your life so you can concentrate on what you want to do and what you’re good at doing. I’ve already ordered it from Amazon, so it will probably be the very next on the agenda.
2. Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, by Donald Miller. Again, this comes highly recommended, but by so many people that I can’t recount them here. It’s been lurking on my mental reading list for a very long time, but I’m gonna finally actually read it next semester. I promise.
3. Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays, by David Foster Wallace. Yes, this is the same author as Infinite Jest. But this work is supposed to be more “accessible.” It’s almost 350 pgs of random questions and probably more random answers. I’m intrigued, and it’ll give a little more insight into the mind of DFW.
4. This is where y’all come in. I don’t know what to put here. I’m open to anything, any genre, any length, any subject material. Fire away.