I’ve noticed that I generally only make resolutions if something’s not right in my life – like I’m going through an unhappy spell – and honestly, I’m usually pretty darn happy, so I’ve made very few resolutions in my lifetime! I do, however, like to set a few goals at the beginning of each year. A few years ago, I thought I’d like to learn to sew. I tried it. I was wrong. Year before last, I thought I’d like to learn how to knit. I tried it. I was right. Last year, I thought I’d give knitting socks a shot. Didn’t happen, but there’s always 2010!
About five years ago, I set up a reading program. I’ve blathered on about it on the web so many times, I’m not going to say much here (you can find out more on my site here), but the gist of it is that I’ve read a lot of books within the Young Adult and Middle Grade genres over the last five years. It’s been magnificent. However, I’ve reached a point where I’d like to branch out. So that’s my goal for this year – less YA and a wider variety of genres. I plan to try my hand at some classics. I’ve only ever read the required Dickens (Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol), so I might start there. I’ve always meant to read Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers. And some more Bronte. And why not a bit of contemporary fiction? Plus there’s biography, which is often great (I highly recommend Carol Burnett’s biography!). And there’s always nonfiction of interest.
So this is where y’all come in! I’ll give you a list of my likes and dislikes and assuming you keep them in mind, I’ll try to read at least twenty of your suggestions, as long as I can get them at the library. Okay, here goes…this is sort of a weird and incomplete list, but…
Light mysteries – culinary mysteries, Agatha Christie…
Women’s fiction – I love the humorous stuff and don’t mind if it’s serious, but I hate it when it’s mostly about someone dying very slowly. I love Julie Buxbaum, Sharon Krum, and Kristina Riggle!
Stuff set in England – I’m an anglophile at heart
Historical fiction – The Girl With The Pearl Earring, The Red Tent…
Anything along the lines of Nevil Shute, or The Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Also love The No. 1 Detective Agency books, Larry McMurtry.
Classics like Jane Austen.
Nonfiction about spirituality – Eat, Pray, Love – and also environmental books about how to leave a lighter footprint. Loved Three Cups of Tea too.
Series – I love series!
I’m also up for audio books.
Anything violent and graphic
I read The Bastard out of Carolina and the one about the bees, so I’m kind of done with child abuse. They did it well, and I don’t regret reading those books, but I don’t need more of it. Are you seeing a theme here? I like happy. Of course, I know these things happen, and I also know people die, and I know that it’s important to write about, but frankly, I’m just not into super depressing stuff. I like a good cry as much as the next reader, but I’m probably not going to read something where the whole book is about some miserable person. I just figured I’d get that out there right away, so you know that maybe I’m not that deep after all. Haha!
Do me another favour, only include titles, genre, and author. I hate to know anything about a book before I read it! I never read the jackets, which has actually caused me to read sequels before realizing it, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take. So…whatta ya got for me?