I'm really proud of my reading in 2010. My goal was to read deliberately, and I loved it. I'm continuing some of my goals from 2010 and adding a few new ones for 2011.
1. Read all the Orange Prize winners
I'll read one a month to finish the 12 winners I haven't read yet.
2. Finish the 2010 Orange Prize longlist
I'll read one a month (with two titles in one month) to read the 13 longlisted novels from 2010.
3. Read 12 Shakespeare plays
Most of my reading deliberately focused on current fiction last year, but I want to expand my reading of classics. I'll pick one Shakespeare play to read each month.
4. Year of Feminist Classics
I'm looking forward to these fourteen books!
5. 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
I finally broke down and bought myself the latest edition of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die after being inspired by the newly updated and more international friendly list. I'm reading the books written before the 1700's. There are 21 of them. Most months I'll read two but some months (ahem, The Tale of Genji, I'll only read one.) Yes, I do plan to read all 1001, but I'm giving myself 40 years to do it.
Once again, I'll read the two finalists and winner of this year's Pulitzer (announced in April.)
7. 2011 Orange Prize Longlist
I'm determined to read all 20 longlisted books this year (announced in mid-March.)
8. 2011 Booker Prize shortlist
I may attempt to read the longlist too, but I'll wait to see (announced in July)
9. 2011 National Book Award for Fiction
I will read the five finalists (announced in October)
10. Have fun!
Every book is not for everyone, and as much as I want to strive to reach these goals, I want to enjoy my reading and feel accomplished. I hope to add many other "just because" reads in between.
What are your 2011 reading goals?
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