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.
- 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?