My 2007 reading challenge was to read one of my favourite sf novels each month. Done that. (I’m currently in the middle of Samuel R Delany’s Dhalgren, the last of the twelve, but I’ll have it finished by the end of December.) For 2008, I thought about doing the same for my favourite non-sf novels… except I couldn’t think of twelve favourite mainstream books. There’s The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell… The Master Mariner, Nicholas Monsarrat… How Far Can You Go?, David Lodge… The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe… and… Gah. That’s about it. There are others I’d like to reread – Anthony Burgess’ Earthly Powers, for example – but I don’t know that I like them enough to call them a favourite.
So, I came up with a different cunning plan. In 2008, each month I will read a book by a classic and/or literary author I have not read. (This is where bookmooch has come in really useful.) So far, I have Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, Patricia Highsmith, Joseph Conrad, DH Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf. I also want to try, but have yet to pick up books by, Ayn Rand, James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, Ford Madox Ford, and Wyndham Lewis. And, er, someone else. I suspect that list might change as the year progresses.
Sometime during 2008, I also might try watching one of my favourite films each night over a fortnight. Science fiction one month, non-sf the next month. And these films would be:
Alien, dir. Ridley Scott 
Delicatessen, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro 
Brazil, dir. Terry Gilliam 
Dune, dir. David Lynch 
Fahrenheit 451, dir. Francois Truffaut 
Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow, dir. Kerry Conran 
Solaris, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky 
Star Trek: the Motion Picture, dir. Robert Wise 
Until the End of the World, dir. Wim Wenders 
Starship Troopers, dir. Paul Verhoeven 
Divine Intervention, dir. Elia Suleiman 
To Catch A Thief, dir. Alfred Hitchcock 
Sliding Doors, dir. Peter Hewitt 
Man Bites Dog, dir. Belvoir, Bonzel & Poelvoorde 
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, dir. Tom Stoppard 
Das Boot, dir. Wolfgang Petersen 
Lawrence of Arabia, dir. David Lean 
No End, dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski 
The Right Stuff, dir. Philip Kaufman 
Leningrad Cowboys Go America, dir. Aki Kaurismäki 
Oh, and I have to read at least one book from space books collection each month, and review it on my other blog.