Orange Prize winners
I hoped to read one each month. I succeeded in January (Larry's Party) and February (A Crime in the Neighborhood). My March reading has been slower, largely due to moving, which ate into my reading time for several weeks. I'm still on track to complete this goal, although my pace of reading one a month has slowed. Total: 2/12
2. Finish the 2010 Orange Prize longlist
I've only managed to read one (Small Wars) of the remaining thirteen, but I'm confident I can finish by the end of 2011. Total: 1/13
3. Read 12 Shakespeare plays
I did manage to finally read Hamlet in January, but I've fallen behind on this goal too. Total: 1/12
4. Year of Feminist Classics
I completely abandoned this reading project. I'd read most of the titles, and I decided I would rather focus on reading new-to-me books than re-reading books from college. I have been enjoying the posts of those who are completing the project, however. Abandoned
5. 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
I planned to read the 21 titles published before the 1700's this year. I didn't anticipate that most of them are discouragingly long and many are difficult to find. I still plan to read all 1001, but I'm considering letting random.org pick my reading order instead of reading them chronologically. The project is on hold for now. Abandoned (for now)
6. 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Literature
I'm eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner and two finalists on April 18 at 3 p.m. I've starting piecing together my predictions, but I'm eager to see what will be added to my reading list! Total: ?/3
7. 2011 Orange Prize longlist
I've managed to read eight of the twenty already! Granted, I had the good fortune to have read five before the list was announced. I'm on track to complete the other twelve before the winner is announced June 8. (The shortlist will be announced April 12.) Total: 8/20
8. 2011 Booker Prize shortlist
I may end up reading the longlist too, which will be announced July 26. Total: ?/6
9. 2011 National Book Award for Fiction
The five finalists won't be announced until October, so I have plenty of time for this one. Total: ?/5
10. Have fun!
I'm having a great year of reading. I've found a nice mix of accomplishing specific goals and prize lists but also reading books just because I want to. Success!
I'm meeting some goals and abandoning others. I've read 27 books this year. March was my quietest reading month, as I managed to only finish six books, but I hope to pick up the pace in April. The total number is less important to me. I've read some long books and some short books. I'm read some easier books and some more challenging one. I'm enjoying balance, and I'm enjoying starting my days with reading.
I've read three five-star books in 2011:
- One Day by David Nicholls
- The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein
- The First Husband by Laura Dave (review coming soon)
What's you favorite book of 2011 (so far?)
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