2014’s somewhat delayed To-Be-Read List

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I must admit: it has not been a great year for reading so far. In the past three months and three days, I have finished reading two books. Only two. I’m the girl who reads a book a week I guess I’ve been busy catching up on important things like The Good Wife and  Doctor Who.

It really is time to get back on the wagon, though. I have once again committed to the 50 Book Challenge. I am way behind. And so, I will finally get serious about this, starting with this years TBR list.

You remember how this works, right? I pledge to read 12 books from my “to be read” pile, within the next 12 months. Each of the 12 books must have been on my bookshelf (or “To Be Read” list, hence the name) for at least one full year. (Two alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.)

Drumroll please… My TBR list for 2014 includes:

  1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown Author
  2. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  3. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  5. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
  6. The Light Between the Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  7. Lygaya: L’Enfant Esclave par Andree-Paul Mignot
  8. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  9. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  10. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  11. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  12. Ghosts of Medak Pocket by Carol Off

Two Alternates:

  1. Le Petit Prince par Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

So I’m going for less non-fiction, which I rarely read, and more classic books – I tend to buy older editions at thrift stores or yard sales, and they are piling up on the shelves. Oh – and more reading en francais (dammit WordpPess, why aren’t the accents working?).  Last year I started on time and still only managed 7 of my 12 chosen. Who knows how I will fare this year, but the fun is in trying, isn’t it?

Resolutions

I’ve decided I want to write more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011. I hope to keep it interesting. 🙂

Beyond that, I have started a new blog, One Book Per Week, where I will be reviewing books. How many books – well, read the title. One per week. I have been reading for ages after all. I have lots of reviews to post. I also want to read more, so of the 52 reviews I post at least 26 will be of books read in 2011. Fun.

Also on the writing theme: WRITE THE DAMN BOOK. The book. I started it last February, made slow but significant progress, took some research with me to Africa and made even slower progress, and then it dropped off my radar in the fall. Draft 1 will be done this year. It doesn’t have to be published or read by anyone or anything else. Just draft 1, complete.

And the final resolution: Progress on my student loans. In fact, I want the smaller one, the one I took out for my Investment Management diploma at NSCC, completely paid by the end of the year. It’s only about $2500, but combined with my earlier loans for my Bachelor’s degree, the payments are so small I feel like I am spinning my wheels. We don’t have a car payment anymore. I can channel more money towards it and just get it off the books for good.