- Books read (as of today): 68 I'm quite a bit behind my reading total for 2009, but one of my goals was to read deliberately, and I've done that. I've prioritized reading the major book award finalists. I may be reading less, but I'm reading better, reading more challenging literature and enjoying reading more than I did in 2009.
- Genres: My reading this year has been predominantly contemporary literary fiction originally written in English.There has been a fair mix of historical and contemporary settings, but my focus on reading the prize winners and finalists has returned me to old favorite genre: literary fiction. When I started blogging, I explored genres outside of my comfort zone, and I enjoyed it. I found, however, that I spent so much time reading what everyone was talking about, I lost myself as a reader. 2010 has helped me find me again. I'd like to temper my reading with more backlist titles, but I also love being in the conversation about the modern literary landscape.
- Length: I admit, I am a little afraid of chunksters. I may be commitment-phobic, but I'm working on it. I'm getting better at not avoiding books simply because of their length, but I still have a long way to go.
Before I can set my goals for 2011 (I am thinking about them already), I need to finish my goals for 2010. Here are the books I still hope to read before the end of 2010 (so I can't possibly finalize the Best of 2010 list yet!)
- Pulitzer Prize finalist In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
- National Book Award finalist I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita
- National Book Award winner Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
- Orange Prize shortlist and 2009 Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- Booker Prize shortlist and National Book Award finalist Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
- Booker Prize winner The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
My other goal reads before 2010 ends are the three novels in Amazon's Top 5 Fiction of 2010 that aren't in a series:
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (I'm almost done!)
- Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
- To the End of the Land by David Grossman