After finishing law school I've been a bit allergic to reading, not because I haven't and don't enjoy it but because the thousands and thousands of pages and hundreds of chapters in dozens of books over three years wore me down.

I'm trying to get back to where I was- a mean destroyer of books, in a good way.  In line with the 10 things posts inspired by Paul Baribeau's song of the same name, here are 10 books I want to read before I die.

Name ten books you wanna read before you die and then go read them
— Paul Baribeau
  1. Cuentos de Barro by Salvador Salazar Arrue (Salazar) the namesake of this blog and fellow Salvadorean.  A poet, a writer and keeper of Salvadoran folk stories. I've got it, it's just difficult to read because it's written in Salvadoran slang/Nahuatl/Castilian Spanish.  My mind can't cope.
  2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it"- That's just poetry right there.
  3. The collected works of Toni Morrison.  I've read Beloved, truly chilling and haunting.  I saw Desdemona, everything she has produced seems like it would be golden.
  4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  To my credit I've started reading this right now. Go me.
  5. Obras de Alberto Masferrer by Alberto Masferrer.  Professor Masferrer was a Salvadoran public intellectual, diplomat, politician, teacher and writer.  So, reasons why I want to read this are obvious. 
  6. Everything Claudia Lars wrote.  I'm no fan of poetry really.  I find it an uneconomical use of language.  Why use fifty paragraphs to say what you want to say in 140 characters or less.  I'm willing to put this aside and venture into poetry with Claudia Lars, celebrated Salvadoran poet.
  7. Asi Tenia Que Morir, Sacerdote! (He died as he lived: a priest!) A book about the most heroic man to have come out of El Salvador, Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero.  Archbishop of San Salvador who was killed while giving a homily calling for the end of the slaughter of thousands during the Salvadoran civil war.  A personal hero of mine and a symbol of faith to millions.  I've stood at the exact spot where he was killed, I can't describe to you the pain and emotion I felt.  The photo as the header of this post is of me standing at that very spot.
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Dr Maya Angelou.  Does listening to half of the audio book count? It better, because it's read by Dr Angelou herself and let me tell you, it's magic.
  9. The Holy Bible, how can a book of collected short stories be so responsible for deaths, murders, rapes, crusades, acquisitions, take overs, colonisation and general fuckery is something I want to understand.  This is why I need to read this.
  10. El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.  If I'm going to read novels then may as well go right to the source to the (alleged) first novel written by (alleged) homosexual and general man about town, Cervantes.