I failed semi-miserably at reading this year. My goal was to read 55 books and I’ll end the year with either 32 or 33. However, I did pack in some heavy reads including Kavalier & Clay which took me more than a month to get through.
I’m looking forward to 2013. I set myself a goal of 45 – a reasonable and achievable number. Nothing like the whopping 75 of graduate school, but something I can manage between writing, work, photography and LIFE.
I also decided to create a list.
It includes 28 set books that I plan on reading this year (which I’m sure I won’t *actually* accomplish all of, but a girl can dream, right?) and 17 additional slots of things I pick up along the way throughout the year. There are 2 sets of trilogies on the list, I’m planning for only book 1 of each, but if the mood strikes I might pick up the 2nd and 3rd in my “additional” or reserve them for 2014.
SO here’s my 2013 TO READ list:
(updated as of Friday, December 21)
Sever / Lauren DeStefano
On the Road / Jack Kerouac
- I tried to mix in some classics, contemporaries, adult and kid lit. I also tried to go for variety of length, although it seems like for the most part all of these books really scale on the heavy side. Some of these books REALLY pack a punch — weighing in at 1,000 odd pages, like our friends I Know This Much is True.
- Upon recommendation, I removed Atlas Shrugged. It will likely be a game-time decision about which other Ayn Rand book I choose – whether Fountainhead or Anthem. It will likely be based on which books I’ve read leading up to it, where it falls in the list, and how far I’ve made it in progress.
- I also tried to make room for books that have been sitting on my shelf for 2+ years. (I’m looking at you Wally Lamb.)
- I wanted to add books that I’m near certain I have read before (or had read to me) — The Little Prince and Little Women — but I haven’t actually read in adulthood. It’s pure coincidence they both have ‘little’ in the title.