The last Salon of the year. Hmmm...shall I do a 2008 wrap-up or a 2009 resolutions post? (Actually, I prefer the word 'intentions' - much less loaded!) Well, I think I'd rather look forward this morning and write a bit about my reading plans for the new year.
Overall, I've set an intention to read 125 books. I easily reached 100 this year, and that was with only two months of retirement (and reading some real chunksters!) I've signed up - or will sign up - for several challenges that will easily fit my reading style as well as introducing me to a couple of new genres and/or authors.
Right out of the chute will be Orange January! This involves reading Orange Prize winners or nominees - which means I'll be reading at least a half dozen contemporary women authors. Thanks to my friend Jill for organizing this wonderful event! We did this in July and everyone loved it so much we decided to do it twice a year. My list includes:
- The Road Home by Rose Tremain (one of my "new author discoveries" in '08)
- The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
- Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
- Property by Valerie Martin
- Ursula Under by Ingrid Hill by Anita Amirrezvani
- What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
And I have officially gone on to Advanced Geekiness, thanks to my friend Laura, who helped me put together a spreadsheet to keep track of all my challenges. Oh my, what's next, a pocket pen protector??
Just a little aside to bring a bit of joy to your Sunday (at least to mine!): 22 days left of the Bush admin!
Wishing you all a joyous, peaceful, happy new year and many wonderful reading adventures.
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