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Looking Ahead at My 2010 Reading Plans

>> Friday, January 8, 2010

As I said in my previous post I limited my reading challenge participation last year and made more room for spontaneity in my reading. It was a huge success and I plan to do more of the same in 2010.

I never set reading goals for number of books or pages. I do keep track but that’s just for information and because I’m a total statistics dork. I do love me a spreadsheet. Reading books isn’t a contest. I don’t care how many books I read, I just want to read what I want to read and enjoy most of what I do read. I know not every book will be a winner, but since I don’t pick up a book blindly I tend to have very few duds, a lot of books I like and a few extremely excellent books.

I do expect that in 2010 I will read less total books than I did in 2009. I might read more pages, however. The reason is that I have several very big books that I want to read. I may not read all of these, but the first few are definitely in the plan.

East of Eden (600+ pages) - I've never read it but will be reading for a group discussion.

Re-reading Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd (912 pages) - it's been years and I want to read that one again and then read another by him - London (1152 pages)

Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War by Donald McCaig (528 pages)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (600+ pages)

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (900? pages)

Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati (642 pages)

I used to read a lot more Chunksters like this, but I’ve discovered that since I started blogging about my reading I tend to keep deferring the big fat books. Part of the reason is that it makes for long breaks between posts about books. I’m working on what I can post about when I’m reading a book that’s taking me more than a few days to read. I don’t like leaving the blog looking abandoned, but I also don’t want to post a stuff just to have a post. I’ll work on it and you’ll have to let me know what works and what doesn’t. I’m not a fan of posting a bunch of weekly memes and having the blog be mostly memes. The only one I do consistently is Wordless Wednesday and I plan to continue that one but not add a bunch of others. It’s just a process of finding what I’m comfortable posting.

I’ve also been working on a new format for my book posts. I don’t really like calling them reviews because what I do is not a formal review. It’s much more casual information about the book and my thoughts. I started using this new format at the end of December and so far I like it. I hope you do too.


Framed 1/08/2010 7:57 PM  

I loved The Historian. Even though it is huge, it seemed to go fast. I agree with you, since blogging; I avoid big books and I used to love them. "Sarum" must be excellent for you to tackle a book that size twice. I look forward to your review.

Kailana 1/09/2010 8:24 AM  

Good luck on your goals for 2010!

Lesley 1/09/2010 6:47 PM  

Another vote for The Historian here!

I read a bunch of Rutherford's books many years ago (including Sarum and London) and really enjoyed them. I highly recommend Russka, too, if you haven't read it already.

SuziQoregon 1/11/2010 1:50 PM  

Framed: almost everyone I know and trust when it comes to reading recommendations has said The Historian is good. I'm looking forward to finally reading it. Sarum will always be one of my all time most favorite books. One I'd take to a deserted island.

Sherri: thanks and a belated Happy New Year to you too.

Kailana: Thanks!

Lesley: I promise I'm definitely reading The Historian this year. I also hear her new one is great too. I loved Sarum so much, but Russka didn't really click for me which was unexpected because I usually enjoy reading about Russia. Once I re-read Sarum, London is the next one of his I plan to tackle.

Les 1/20/2010 7:12 PM  

Reading books isn’t a contest. I don’t care how many books I read, I just want to read what I want to read and enjoy most of what I do read.

Words to live by! Thanks for the reminder. :)

I would like to read more of my chunksters this year, too. I've had a copy of East of Eden on a shelf for far too long. I loved The Grapes of Wrath and really ought to give this other novel a try.

It took me 6 months to read Sarum (while taking some college classes and shuttling an nine-year-old around to soccer practices and tournaments. I doubt I'll read it again, but I would like to try London or New York.

I also want to get to Ken Follet's World Without End. I got it for Christmas the year it came out and now it's in paperback. Sigh.

Oh, and I'd love to re-read The Stand.

Maybe I need to join a chunkster challenge...

SuziQoregon 1/26/2010 8:58 PM  

Les - you should join us for reading East of Eden with the Classics Reads Book Club - we just started discussing part 1 of East of Eden this week. (up to page 125ish). The discussion on part 2 doesn't start for a couple of weeks.

I've finished Part 1 and loved it. Will start Part 2 this weekend.

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