Sunday, January 1, 2012
Looking Ahead to 2012
Unless my recent fortune comes true, I plan on 2012 being a quiet and peaceful year! ::grin::
I have a couple of reading goals and plans that I'm pretty excited about for this year. So, without further ado (since I really should get to the gym today!) --
First, read at least 50 books from my home TBR stacks. I've put the ones I anticipate wanting to read on a LibraryThing list (here, if you're curious) but I know I will switch some out for other books as the year goes on. And, as you can see, the list is only at 49 because I already finished one today!
Second, read Gregory Maguire's Oz quartet from the beginning. I've read Wicked twice and Son of a Witch once but haven't read the other two books in the series yet and I think I will enjoy them better if I just start again. I don't know if I will read them all in one block or (more likely) just fit them in one at a time through the year.
Third, re-read three Matthew Pearl novels. I just read (and loved) his new novel, The Technologists, that comes out in February and it reminded me how much I loved his first three novels -- The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow and The Last Dickens. And I happen to have signed bookplates for each one now (thank you, Matthew!) that I will put in as I finish each book. (Although I'm thinking that I now need to get a nice hardcover of Dante because I just have a mass market paperback of it.)
Fourth, successfully progress through my Year of Dickens (look for my launch post in February) for the Dickens Bicentenary. I'm sure it will be a trial at times (I almost just made a really bad Chancery joke but I resisted) but I'll be inserting favorites when I need a morale boost and I should be okay.
Fifth, I want to read more non-fiction and international/translated fiction but I'm not going to commit to specific numbers. I will just go with a loose "more than last year" kind of goal on this one.
I've decided to start recording the chapter books that Z and I read together at bedtime in my spreadsheet because they really should count as books/pages read for me too.
And I think that's it! Some clearing of my TBR shelves (LibraryThing seems to think I have 236 unread books here), a few re-reads of old favorites and a grand celebration of a favorite author -- what more can I ask for in 2012?!
Moving forward with a bounce in my step,