Happy New Year! In the spirit of New Year’s tradition (not to mention the fact that I’ve made resolutions for just about every facet of my life for 2012), here are my Reading Resolutions for 2012:
- Read 50 books. I only made it to 46 in 2011, according to Shelfari. Boo.
- Read The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ll be doing a read-along with these, so if you haven’t read them either (or want to read them again), join me!
- Read at least 10 books from The List. Specifically, these:
- Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (Not only is it on The List, one of my best friends recently told me I have to read it.)
- Camilla – Fanny Burney (Evelina was the first book I reviewed on this blog, but I haven’t read anything by Burney since. I should remedy that.)
- Cecilia – Fanny Burney (Ditto above.)
- The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells (I tried to read this last year. Bought it at a book sale but it turns out I bought the abridged, illustrated kids’ version. Oops.)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (I read it in high school and remember thinking it was cool, but not quite getting it. Luckily, my boyfriend is a huge Oscar Wilde fanboy, so I won’t have to go out and buy this one!)
- Moby Dick – Herman Melville (I started reading this the summer of 2010, got halfway through, and forgot about it. Bad me.)
- Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope (Again, boyfriend. It’s accessible, and he liked it, so I might as well give it a shot!)
- We – Yevgeny Zamyatin (This was recommended by someone in a comment, and I just now realized it’s on The List.)
- Animal Farm – George Orwell (I read this in seventh or eighth grade and I remember being pretty freaked out. Time to try it again!)
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” I’m intrigued!)
- Read at least 5 Stephen King books. I’m not going to list these, though, because it’s easy enough for me to go to a bookstore and find one, whereas with The List, I don’t always remember whether something I want to read is on The List or not. For example, I kind of just assumed Atlas Shrugged would be on the list, but it’s not. Nothing by Ayn Rand is, which I think is a shame. But I digress.
- Make an effort to read at least half an hour each day. This will definitely be helpful with finishing 50 books this year, but it will also (hopefully) help me de-stress from long days at work.
I think that’s about it for me! What are your New Years reading resolutions?by