Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In my Bag and On my Plate

Despite my attempt to make up for my summer book buying ban by raiding the book store, I've actually done surprisingly well limiting my purchases in the last month.  Unless my selective memory has kicked in (and it very well may have) I've only purchased 5 books (apart from books for my kiddos for school, but who's counting those?) two of which are book club books (read: mandatory).  My new books in the last month:

1. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
2. Possession, A.S. Byatt
3. Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell
4. Star of the Sea, Joseph O'Connor (Book Club)
5. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender (Book Club)

Wolf Hall: A NovelPossessionWinter's Bone: A NovelStar of the SeaThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel

With the last quarter of the year approaching, and thoughts of reading goals for next year already hounding me, I thought it might be wise to corral some of those panicky urges by writing some logical, well organized goals for the rest of the year (breathe in, breathe out, the year isn't over quite yet).  I happened across the Fall Into Reading challenge, which fits my needs perfectly, so I decided to join in.

Before October or so:
1. Finish reading Our Mutual Friend, thus conquering the I-haven't-really-read-Dickens guilt.
2. Finish reading Dubliners, defeat Joyce, cross that off my list.
3. Read Lemon Cake before book club on Monday (5 days? no problem)
4. Devour Wolf Hall and Possession. yum. yum.

Before 2011:
1. Non-fiction: The Children's Blizzard and Paddy's Lament, finish Rooted in Barbarous Soil.
2. Books I received for Christmas 2009 and haven't read yet: (!!!)  How Green Was My Valley, Independence Day, Three Cups of Tea, A Room With a View.
3. 3 or so additional book club books before the end of the year.

There's other books I'd like to have read before 2011 hits, but I'm going to keep my goals manageable so I have a better chance of reaching them.  15 or so books is plenty, especially considering the length of some, and the fact that I'll definitely be reading other last minute things as well.  Thanksgiving through the New Year are always impossibly busy so I definitely need to be proactive.  Are you thinking about the end of the year yet?  Want to join another challenge?

The Children's Blizzard (P.S.)Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to HatredHow Green Was My ValleyIndependence Day: Bascombe Trilogy (2)Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time


  1. Anxious to hear what you think about Lemon Cake. I heard it's pretty bizarre. ha ha

  2. I want to read every one of those books you bought! The only one I've acquired so far, though, is Wolf Hall. I've never really set reading goals for myself or joined a challenge, but I'm thinking about joining at least one for next year. There are just so darn many to choose from!

  3. Heyyyy! Did you get a new blog template? or have I just not visited frequently enough? <:P Either way--I like it. It kind of looks scrapbook-y.

  4. IngridLola--yeah, the synopsis had me raising my eyebrows. I've just started it, so far so good.

    Erin--I think that challenges either work for you or they don't...if you think it'll help you then go for it! You can always start with something easy to accomplish. :)

    Kathy--you definitely don't visit frequently enough. ;) Funny enough, the template is very similar to the style of anything I make: old and crusty. :D

  5. What do you think of Dickens? I love him, but doesn't make him easy to read! I think it was easier back in the day when you read it in segments, like we watch TV, you know?

  6. Yours is the second list where I've seen How Green Was My Valley... I'm going to have to check that one out.

    Enjoy your fall reading, and thanks for being part of the challenge!


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