Sunday, January 2, 2011

January 2011 Reading Goals

Yesterday I shared my 2011 Reading Goals with you, and I'm hitting the ground running this month to keep myself on track. Here's what I hope to read in January:
Larry's PartySmall Wars: A NovelThe Lotus Eaters: A NovelThe History of Love: A Novel
  • Larry's Party by Carol Shields won the Orange Prize in 1998
  • Small Wars by Sadie Jones was on the Orange Prize longlist in 2010
  • The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli was one of Janet Maslin's Top 10 books of 2010
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, one of the 20 Under 40

Hamlet (The New Folger Library Shakespeare)The Arabian Nights (Norton Critical Editions)The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Kodansha's Illustrated Japanese Classics)A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and A Vindication of the Rights of Men
  • Hamlet is the first of 12 Shakespeare plays I plan to read this year
  • The Arabian Nights is the first of the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
  • The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is also one of the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft is a re-read for the Year of Feminist Classics
I also hope to start making my way through these novels from the Best of Year lists:
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam WarThe Imperfectionists: A NovelMajor Pettigrew's Last Stand: A NovelOne Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
  • Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • One Day by David Nicholls
Plus, the National Book Critics Cirlce finalists will be announced January 22, 2010, and I hope to read the five finalists, although not all of them in January! Will I get to all twelve of these? Who knows, but I'll have fun trying. Plus, I'm curious to see what I sneak through to include as well!

Have you read any of these? Which ones should I read first?

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  1. What a great list of books. I love The Lotus Eaters so I would recommend starting there, but I also hear really good things about Major Pettigrew, so I think that wold be a good choice as well. Good Luck!

  2. Hmm, well they all look good! The only one I've read is the History of Love and well, I loved it and everyone in my book club loved it. I was crying on the subway while reading it so be careful about that :)

  3. What organized, thorough reading goals! I personally could never follow through with goals of this kind, but I admire readers who set goals and manage to meet them. These books are also so diverse that it's a balanced, well-planned reading month. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. What a crazy organized and exciting looking reading list! All the best with it :)

  5. I've only read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (well, I did read Hamlet in high school, but that doesn't really count). I've heard great things about The Imperfectionists, though, and plan to order it soon!

  6. I am so excited to read One Day - it came in the mail the other day from Paperbackswap. Looking forward to your thoughts on it once you finish. I hope we like it as much as all the reviews I've seen on it so far *nervous*

  7. I see we have some of the same books included in our January tbr piles like Major Pettigrew, One Day, and The Lotus Eaters. I have no idea that the NBCC awards were being announced this month. Good luck!

  8. I have been influenced by all the 'best of 2010' lists too. I'm reading One Day at the moment and really enjoying it. I hope to get hold of a copy of Materhorn soon too. I hope you enjoy your selection :-)

  9. I have Major Pettigrew on my list as well, in fact I need to review it in January for TLC tours. It's a novel I'm especially looking forward to. We'll have to talk when we both finish it!


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