Which inspired me to come up with some sort of challenge of my own. What I settled on is more a list of reading goals than a real challenge:
1. Read more books than in 2010
I'm not actually sure how many I read in 2010 because I didn't start keeping track until mid-March. I can't remember my work-computer password after going on vacation for a week, so naturally I have no idea what I read in early 2010. My incomplete 2010 list has 35 titles so we'll say I'm going to read more than 35 books. Considering that I work full-time and I'm hoping to revise one MS and write another (or at least write a lot of another MS in 2011), 35+ seems doable. I've figured out that in order to write interesting things, I actually have to leave the confines of my apartment/my cubicle sometimes and pull my attention away from a printed page/screen. So, you know, I need to carve out a little time for that.
2. Catch up on classics
There are a few classics that I am seriously ashamed that I've never read: Jane Eyre; The House of Mirth; The Picture of Dorian Gray. There are a few authors I've woefully under-read: Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Shirley Jackson. Then there are the classics (or modern classics) I've just meant to read for ages: Tender is the Night; On the Road; The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is just a sampling, and I need to fix this.
3. Read some YA Nonfiction
I didn't read any YA nonfiction last year, even though it interests me. Any suggestions for a good YA nonfiction title?
|Even the cover is scary!|
I love contemporary and I read tons of it. I'd like to read more paranormal, historical fiction, and mystery/thrillers.
5. Reread old favorites
I've been meaning to reread The Westing Game, which I read approximately 1 billion times in middle school. I also want to reread some of the Alice books and the Caroline B. Cooney book that made me afraid of airplanes, Flight #116 is Down. Maybe it will help me recover from being afraid of flying, i.e. unbreak its spell? It's worth a shot.
Who knows if I'll have achieved any or all of these come December, but it's always good to have goals. Right?