Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Reading Goals

As I mentioned in my last post, I am setting a more ambitious reading goal of 60 books for this year. I am also writing out a list of books I want to read ahead of time, something I've never done before. I've always had ideas of books I've wanted to get to, but I've never started out a year with a reading plan. Until now.

Here is my preliminary list:

  • The remaining six Laura Ingalls Wilder books
  • The whole Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • A Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt that has been on my shelf for years
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Cry, The Beloved Country by Allan Paton
  • Middlemarch by George Elliot
  • Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury
  • When Jesus Came to Harvard by Harvey Cox
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Gandhi: An Autobiography by...well, Gandhi!
  • The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
Now, of course, I probably won't read all of these, and will certainly read many others, but I like having a plan. I own most of these books already, which is a big plus. It will keep me reading without having to buy many more books.

What is on your reading list for the year? What books do I need to add?

5 comments:

Katie said...

I'm hoping to re-read all the Harry Potter books before the final movie. Whee! :)

SmallWorld at Home said...

I really really need to read Cry, The Beloved Country. Thanks for the reminder--I'll be adding it to my TBR list!

Caitlin said...

McB- Ooh, good idea. I still need to see Part 1 though. For shame :)

SmallWorld- Thank you so much for stopping by! Cry, The Beloved Country has been on my list for far too long. I hope we both get to it this year!

Sarah said...

If you haven't already read it, I'd recommend "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison . . . I see you're going to read "Beloved," which is one of her best known books, but I like "SOS" a whole lot more.

I've got a partial list of my reading goals for the year here:
http://heartlandrenaissance.com/2010/12/daybook-last-week-of-2010/

I'll have to look over your 2010 books to see if I can add to my list!

Thanks!

Best,
Sarah

Caitlin said...

Thanks for your list, Sarah. I definitely will add some of those to mine. And I love your blog! Thank you so much for commenting!

I have not read Song of Solomon, but I need to read it as well. I think I have both of them, so maybe I'll start with SOS since you recommended it so highly.