I’m giving up on all those resolutions about losing a few pounds, keeping in touch with people better, tidying my office / bedroom / kitchen, and instead sticking with resolutions that I might actually be able to keep. The one think I can guarantee I’ll do this year is read books. Lots of them. So I’m resolving in 2011 to read some of those books and authors I’ve always meant to but never got around to, and to re-read some whose delights I’ve all but forgotten.
So, on the first-time read list for this year are Moby Dick (yes, I know I should have read it!), a couple of Herman Wouk titles, since I so loved The Winds of War in 2010, anything by Deanne Gist, some more Jennifer Weiner... The new Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. I’m halfway through Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, so that’s solid progress on my resolution already. The Last Will of Moira Leahy, by Therese Walsh. At least one YA novel by Julie Kagawa. I like to buy authors’ debut novels, so in 2011, that’ll mean buying books by Michelle Diener, Soraya Lane and Kylie Griffin. Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen, and maybe his new book, Star Island, as well.
On the re-read list are Jane Eyre, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility. Maybe War and Peace if I’m not overly daunted by the size of the thing.
Tell me what you’re planning to read this year – I’m always keen to hear your recommendations!