I’ve decided not to do a list of traditional goals for 2013. I did one in 2012, and didn’t make much progress. Also, 2012 was kind of a wreck of a year, and I’m happy to see it go. Instead, here’s my current stack of books I want to finish reading this year. (Don’t worry, this stack will grow.)
The first four books I’m actually already reading, so maybe they don’t count. “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” by Allan Gurganus was mentioned by one of my favorite authors, Jonathan Evison (his latest is in this stack, too). The main character has an amazing voice.
“The Casual Vacancy” is J.K. Rowling’s first adult book, if you don’t count the last couple of Harry Potter books. So far, it’s okay. She definitely has a voice, and it’s interesting to hear that voice in a completely different context.
I’ve been reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” off and on for quite awhile, and I think I need to finally just finish it. It’s incredibly interesting, so I’m not sure why it’s taken so long just to finish it.
I picked up “New York” by Edward Rutherfurd in Greenwich Village. I’ve developed a slight obsession with that city.
“A Moment in the Sun” by John Sayles caught my eye because the design of the cover is beautiful and it’s incredibly long at 955 pages. I love ridiculously long books—it’s a challenge to finish them.
Ken Follett’s new book is the second in the Century Trilogy, called “Winter of the World.” The first in the trilogy was “Fall of Giants,” and like his “Pillars of the Earth” series, it’s just wonderful. I’m excited to pick up with all the families I met in the first book.
The book I think I’m most excited about is Jonathan Evison’s new one, “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.” I loved his first published novel “All About Lulu” and enjoyed his second, “West of Here.” I’m sure this one is going to be just as fantastic.
The last three: “The Solitude of Prime Numbers” by Paolo Giordano has been on my to-read list for a long time, and I spotted it at Powell’s in Portland on sale, so I need to get to that one. “Eat & Run,” by Scott Jurek is about his experience as an ultramarathoner and a vegan. I don’t want to be an ultramarathoner but I am vegan, so I’m excited to see what he has to say. And finally, “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve liked all his other books, so I can’t wait to finally read this one.
Are you on Goodreads? If you are, here’s my profile. See what I’ve read and the 300-plus other books on my to-read list that I don’t yet have sitting around the house (so they didn’t make this list). Let’s connect! I love seeing what other people are reading.
Happy New Year!