Usually at this time of year, I'll do a post about my goals for the year. However, we haven't done a goal making session yet, so I thought I would post about my reading plans for the year instead.
I've gotten pretty involved with Goodreads, which allows me to keep track of what I'm reading and see what my friends are reading. Last year, I challenged myself to read 28 books in 2011. I found out that this was a bit low, and I had to update my goal a couple of times. I ended up reading 35 books. That may sound like a lot, but I know people who've read 70 books in a year! I'm a pretty fast reader, and I cannot even fathom attempting that number. This year, I've decided to set my goal for 30 books. That's a few less than last year, but I'm going to be pretty busy, so I don't think I will read as many books.
I have an extensive "To Read" list that does not seem to get any shorter. For one thing, I keep reading other books that I haven't put on the list! This year, I thought it might be fun to give myself the challenge of reading a different type of book for each month. The "rules" of engagement are: 1) I only have to read one of that type of book in the month, 2) and it should be off my "To Read" list, unless there aren't any, and then I can pick any book of the genre and 3) no re-reads!
I made a list of 14 genres and drew 12 out of a hat. Here they are, in order:
1. science fiction
3. book written in the past year
4. scientific non-fiction
5. historical fiction
11. young adult
For January, I started by reading The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells. I was surprised by how short it was, and also by the fact that I liked the movie better. It was basically a statement on class and the de-evolution of the human race, with little character development. I've also started I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson, which, it turns out, is more horror than sci-fi. I'm enjoying it anyway, so far (it's about vampires). If I have time, I might try to read Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I saw the man speak in person, I should have read more than one of his books.
So that's my reading goal for 2012. I'll try to update you once in a while on how my little reading plan is going. For those of you who haven't gotten bored yet, I'll leave you with my best and worst reads of 2011:
Best Reads of 2011:
beautifully written book with a lot of nuance. I really liked the
character development and thought that the book was a lot better for
that than the movie.
A Prayer for Owen Meany
were parts of this book where I wasn't sure I would really like it, but
the end really "made" the book for me. Even though I knew what was
going to happen (both because of the foreshadowing and because I'm
horrible about reading ahead), I found myself holding my breath on the
train as I read the last few pages. That does not happen often for me.
Worst Read of 2011:
A Star Called Henry
couldn't even finish this, so it won "worst read of 2011" hands down.
Very repetitive and boring. In fact, Ethan and I still joke about
the writing style. "They were hungry. They were always hungry. They
never ate. Their stomachs were rumbling and in their never eating, they
were hungry. Hungriness pervaded their lives." (Not a direct quote,
but you get my drift).