Reading in 2011

Obviously, there are a look of books I want to read this year. Last year, I read deliberately.  And I had a great reading year!  But, while I’ve joined a few challenges and a few friends have challenged me to read some of their favorites, the name of the game this year is reading for pleasure.  In the fourth quarter last year I totally crashed and burned.  I read 94 books by October.  By December, 107.  Something happened, something BAD happened, and I don’t want it to ever happen again.  13 books in 3 months makes a very unhappy Capricious Reader!  I’ve cut out tours, I’m not accepting (well, not accepting very many) ARCs, I’m just going to read whatever the heck I want to read when I want to read it.  I have to heal.  These last three months have been so hard! *fake cries*

I do have a few goals.  I want to read more of the books I already own.  As in, try not to buy many.  I’ll still use the library, but probably not as much.  I really want to knock out a few books that I’ve had for years and here is the tip of the iceberg.

Books I want to read

  • No Name by Wilkie Collins – because I adore Wilkie!
  • Charlotte & Emily by Jude Morgan – This just sounds all kinds of excellent.  Not to mention Nymeth has been reading Jude Morgan and making him sound fantastic!  And, strangely enough, I love books about the Brontës.
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Have had it FOREVER.
  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – Have also had it FOREVER and I still haven’t tried Gaskell!
  • If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino – Had for forever and a DAY
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone – Ditto
  • Midnight Becomes Her by Marie Brennan – Just sounds good.  And I want to read it with my buddy Kelly.
  • Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon – I loved Lady Audley’s Secret, so I’m not sure why I haven’t read more by her!
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Had forever and a day plus one.
  • Far from the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy – I loved Tess of the d’Urbervilles when I read it eons ago but never read more by him!
  • Margaret Atwood. Any Margaret Atwood. I WILL FINISH A MARGARET F’ING ATWOOD
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – because I’ve never read McEwan either.  And this one looks short. lol

Twelve books.  One book for each month of the year.  And I will whittle away at mountain TBR before it kills me!

Have you read any of these?  Where should I start?

14 thoughts on “Reading in 2011

  1. Some of your must read books are ones I hope to get to this year too. A Game of Thrones this month if I can swing it. And I definitely want to read The Name of the Wind. My husband loved it. I have No Name and Midnight Becomes Her around here somewhere as well. Don't know if I'll make it to those this year, but I can try. Like you, I'd really like to get to some of the older books that have been in my TBR collection this year. A lot will depend on what gets packed, where and how soon it gets unpacked.

  2. I really like the GRRM book, though as he seems unlikely to finish his series any time soon, might be best to put it off until you know the investment will pay off 😉

    I just looked up in my Google Reader two books that have long been on my shelves to read- In a Dark Wood Wandering, by Hella Haase, and Silverlock by I forget who- and NEITHER of them have been reviewed by anyone I follow! This is shocking to me and now I have a goal to read them so that they are recorded at least somewhere…

  3. I read and loved Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and heard many wonderful things about If on a Winter's Night. Can't wait to see what you have to say!

    Also, I agree– you MUST finish an Atwood ;p

  4. I don't want to count my TBR's…I'm afraid I would be overwhelmed 🙁 I am going to try and get through those as well…I have some on the shelf I bought new years ago. That's silly. Since I'm a fairly new book blogger I've only just recently begun to accept ARC's…and I didn't like that feeling of "owing" somebody a read. I'm going to make a dent in what I want to read first.

  5. Charlotte and Emily (I really dislike the American name, The Taste of Sorrow seems to fit much better) is an amazing book. I recently read it under the European name, and enjoyed it so much. ana wasn't lying about that one. I hope you enjoy it too!

  6. I love love LOVE that your goal is to read for fun!!! I want it to be my goal, and it sort of is, but there's not much I can do about the whole homeschooling thing which dictates so much of my reading.

    Anyway, I can't be much help as to which book on your list to read first, as I've only read one of them (Far From a Maddening Crowd)–and that was eons ago when I was in high school and pathetically I really don't remember much about it at all.

    But whatever you choose, I hope you positively adore it!!!!

  7. Wait you have not read any Atwood?! Ok, that's it, you must start with her. Any of her books but in particular The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye or Alias Grace.

    Love your reading goal and I'm right there with you – read more of what I want!

  8. I haven't read Gaskell EITHER. I am going to read North and South this year, though. If I really like it, maybe I will read Wives and Daughters with you!

    I am confused about No Name. I downloaded it, but no one seems to have read it? Was I supposed to get it for a buddy read…. I think I might Aurora Floyd, too. I can't remember.

    The Name of the Wind made my best of list for 2010 and I am saving the Martin until there is some hope of a concluding book to the series!

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