One of the goals I have for 2010 is to read all the books that I bought through the years (I refrain from the word “resolution” because, like “diet”, it just calls for an epic failure). For the first time in a decade or so, I finished reading three books in a single month, and I unconsciously chose death as the theme for January. It may be because of the recent and sudden deaths of two close friends, my longtime (mild) fascination with anything morbid, or that death falls into what I call the five “L”s of fiction: Life, Love, Lust, Lunacy and Loss.
Taking a look at my (newly organized) bookshelf, I realized that several unread books also have common themes, and if I continue reading according to theme and do little reviews on them, I can finish my reading backlog and use it as a medium-term writing exercise. I’ll hit two birds in one stone through 17 cycles. This being the first cycle, I definitely have a long way to go. Continue reading “Death from Three Perspectives.”