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On Being a Better Bookworm

January 3, 2011

I love to read. Books have been a staple in my life since early childhood.

I also love reading about books. I’m usually familiar with popular and award-winning fiction titles.

The problem is that those two are out of balance. I’m adding to my To Read list at a much faster rate than I’m checking off books. Last year I only read nine books. The year before that was a paltry six. (Not counting some audiobooks I re-listened to.) Embarrassing! I’m desperately hoping I forgot to catalog some reads, but alas I don’t think so.

The internet is a huge reason I’ve been such a horrid reader. There’s lots of good things about it, but it can be such a massive time suck. I’m not really a new year’s resolution kind of person, however — this year I want to make reading a habit in my life and more of a priority.

I’ve rearranged my To Read list and am excited to pick up the books near the top of my list. I haven’t ordered this list completely, but these are the books I’d like to read this year (in addition to our book club picks):

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Blackout by Connie Willis
  • Dog on It by Spencer Quinn
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • The Spirit of Food by various
  • Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

If you’re counting, that’s 25 books. Roughly two books a month. And an ambitious step up from my last few years. But I’m excited to read every book on this list, and excited to make reading a habit again. Here goes!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 10:42 am

    Ender’s Game and The Magicians are two of my very favorite books — for different reasons. Ender’s Game = fun. The Magicians = ballsy.

    I couldn’t finish American Gods, but I am interested to hear what you think of it! I’ve found it’s a love/hate book.

    The Help is AWESOME.

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Solidly good.

    I should read Watership Down…

    • January 3, 2011 10:48 am

      Jeff loved American Gods, hence the reason it’s on my list. Same with Accidental Tourist. I’ve never read any Gaiman – horrible. The Magicians is on my list because of you. :)

  2. January 3, 2011 1:10 pm

    Oh! That’s not only a good list, but it’s also a good goal! I had a friend who decided 12 this past year since it would mean one a month and she met it. I usually have pretty lofty reading goals — good luck with yours!

    PS. Can you delete the comment I just posted? I feel so embarrassed — I was logged into the wrong account (my work account).

    • January 3, 2011 1:17 pm

      No problem! Done. :)

      I’m not a particularly fast reader so I don’t think I could ever reach up near 100 like you, but we all have our different levels. Blackout is on the list because of your strong recommendation!

      • January 3, 2011 1:18 pm

        Well, I absolutely hope you like Blackout. I wish there was more to it, and it’s already ridiculously long! :D

  3. January 4, 2011 8:31 pm

    What a good idea — to read 2 books a month. You are such a good example to the rest of us!

  4. prairiecowboy permalink
    January 4, 2011 9:44 pm

    Omnivores Dilemna jumped out from that list. Thought provoking, and frustrating to most people. Most peoples food just comes thru the window to them, and they think little of it. I make my living helping produce that “mountain of corn”, so if things ever should change, I’d be among those affected.

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