My Reading Goals: 2009

I thought I would lay out a few goals for 2009 so that I don’t have another pathetic reading year.

  1. 48 books total (4 books/month)
  2. Finish my Jane Austen goal from last year (basically, read Northanger Abbey and re-read Pride and Prejudice)
  3. 12 “classics” (1/month)
  4. Specific books:
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • Peony in Love by Lisa See
  • The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  • Something Rotten and First Among Sequel by Jasper Fforde
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I think these are broad enough to meet with a few required books thrown in there.  I figure I can make myself read one really daunting classic each year.  2009’s choice is obviously War and Peace.

10 thoughts on “My Reading Goals: 2009

  1. Bina January 8, 2009 / 1:16 am

    These are interesting goals 🙂 I know I always feel that I leave the classics out too much. You´re really brave, wanting to read War and Peace! 😉


  2. Michelle January 8, 2009 / 6:00 am

    I really liked Anna Karenina and it wasn't as bad as I had imagined it. I figure that if I read one of those overwhelming classics each year (like War and Peace, Swann's Way, Les Miserables, etc), I can start to get through them and then they won't scare me anymore.


  3. Hazy January 8, 2009 / 6:56 am

    Those look like great goals! I hope you enjoy The Handmaid's Tale, it's one of my favorites. (Yay for dystopian literature).


  4. Bina January 8, 2009 / 8:15 am

    That´s a great strategy, Michelle! I´m a bit intimidated by the Russians :)And dystopian lit rocks! 😀


  5. Michelle January 8, 2009 / 8:21 am

    Well, now that you are officially an English major, maybe you can focus on dystopian lit).


  6. Michelle January 8, 2009 / 8:32 am

    The Russians used to intimidate me but I've found that I love them. I've read probably 5 or 6 Russian novels now – Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol. If you want a nice short Russian novel to start with try The Double by Dostoevsky. I really liked it.


  7. Bina January 8, 2009 / 8:42 am

    I´m reading The Master and Margarita at the moment, maybe that´ll get me into them. I´ll look for the double in the library 🙂


  8. Emily January 12, 2009 / 10:35 am

    I'm going around leaving comments on older posts trying to catch up from vacation and post-vacation business. :)This is a very good list of goals. Good luck with War & Peace! This is silly but I've been tempted to buy and it and read it just because of how pretty the new translation is – it's out in paperback now with a gorgeous new red cover, and the blue version is still very nice too. 🙂 You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but that doesn't mean the cover won't make you want to own it.


  9. Vishy January 30, 2009 / 10:35 am

    That is a nice reading goal. Wish you all the best! I have 'War and Peace' in my reading list for this year too 🙂 I have the paperback edition with the red cover by penguin. But I think the Constance Garnett translation is a classic. And the Modern Library editions are cool.


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