Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thinking Ahead: 2011 Reading Goals

I love lists and goals.  Well, making lists and goals.  Actually accomplishing those goals is much lower on my list of fun-things-to-do-in-my-spare-time.  It's only fitting, then, that instead of thinking about my current challenge responsibilities (which is changing from "Fall into Reading" to "Falling Behind in Reading") I start talking about the next set of goals...we can talk about my failures some other time.

This is the direction I think I'll take for next year's goals in reading:

BACK TO THE CLASSICS CHALLENGE 2011: (hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much)
1. A Banned Book: Lolita (Nabokov)
2. A Book with a Wartime Setting: Gone With the Wind (Mitchell)
3. Pulitzer Prize winner/runner up: One of Ours (Cather)
4. Children's or Young Adult Classic: Watership Down (Adams)
5. 19th Century Classic: Daniel Deronda (Eliot)
6. 20th Century Classic: Mrs. Dalloway (Woolf)
7. A Book you think should be a 21st Century Classic: The Road (McCarthy)
8. A re-read from High School/College: Native Son (Wright)

- Jane Austen (Sanditon, reread Persuasion)
- Irving Stone (Men to Match My Mountains)
- Elizabeth Gaskell (Ruth or Mary Barton)
Jubilee Trail (Bristow)
Dr. Zhivago (Pasternak)

Willa Cather: Chronological
Pulitzer Prize Winners
Newbery Award (or Honor) books


  1. I'm also trying to get myself organized for the Back to the Classics Challenge. I have some of your choices on my shortlist. I'm setting up a poll to decide mine because I just can't make up my mind :D

  2. Lolita seems to be on everybody's list. I think I've been spooked away by Pale Fire (compelling, but extremely difficult), but this time, I'm getting to it. I have read only one Willa Cather book "The Professor's House" and I can only speak good about it. You should try it if you want to get into her stuff.

  3. Teacher/Learner: I thought about doing a poll, and then decided I had enough classics on my immediate list to fill in the spaces without complicating it further. :)

    Ben: I read 3 Willa Cather novels (O Pioneers, Song of the Lark, My Antonia) and loved them all. That's what made me decide to read her chronologically...although reading One of Ours for this challenge means I have some others of hers to get through first. I might have to pick a different Pulitzer. Maybe Gilead or Independence Day since I already own them.

  4. I really like the Back to the Classics challenge and will definitely add that one to my list. I'm trying not to go challenge crazy this year. Heehee and find more challenges that just make more sense to me.

    Love you list. I cried horribly during Watership Down.

  5. I tend to overdo it with goals and challenges. I've been trying to restrain myself, but it's so hard!


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