I posted my own reading goals for 2009 on my page and I was wondering if anyone else had reading goals for the new year. Please share what books you want to read this year. You may help me to expand my goal or someone else goals list!
In addition to my other resolutions -- eat more and exercise less (at last, resolutions I can achieve!) -- I vow to finish Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters. I'm tired of the bookmark that sits accusingly on page 283 -- halfway through the book.
I plan to finish my review requests (about 16 at the moment) and not accept anymore until I read a pile of books I want to read. I've been reviewing books for 2 years and I've not had a lot of time to devote to my choices.
As part of the 'Read Your Own Books 2009' challenge, I've already started on "Killdeer Mountain" by Dee Brown and "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. Both are enjoyable but quite different, as you can imagine (that's why I can read them during the same time period).
"Killdeer Mountain" is set in 1870's Dakota Territory with flashbacks to the 1860's. It is narrated by a newspaper reporter who slowly uncovers the story of an Army officer with a clouded past, and the people in his life. I would call it a western historical mystery novel, with interesting characters and enough action to keep it moving along.
"The Secret Life of Bees" has been a best-seller, of course, and one can find a lot of info on it. So far, I can only say that the writing is extremely descriptive and the characters are fascinating. I am looking forward to the rest.
I vowed to read more of the books that I already own, and to re-read a few favorites that I haven't visited in a while.
Honestly, I don't want to set a goal. Because it will just stress me out if I do. I read what I want, when I want. And if I commit myself to reading a specific type or number or author, well it just takes the fun out of it in my opinion.
For 2009 I truly hope that I can find a good series of novels. I prefer the historical fiction style but am running out of ideas on which author to try---
Have tried Dianna Gabaldon about time travel in Scotland, Reah Tannahill and so on. I like the time travel genre, then it must be good and interesting characters, and I like it to be intelligently written and long as well. I don't ask for much hey???
I did enjoy the Jack Whyte Arthurian tales too, but a bit too much concentration on the war and conquest details. I have also enjoyed many of the tales of the powerful women of history, queens and more like, of England or the pharoahs of Egypt.
Have you ever read Philippa Gregory? If you look at my page here on Book Blogs, you will see my review of her books. She is pretty good and although her books front covers give the impression that they are some cheesy romance novella, they are actually not. I am going to look into Jack Whyte because King Arthur and the period of time fascinates me.
My reading goals for 2009 is to branch out into different genres (or do more than dip my toes in), track the books I read, and start reviewing the books I read. I came across a meme for the best book of 2008, and I'm kinda embarrassed to say I only could name one. The other "bests," I couldn't remember if I read in '08 or prior... =(