I am really trying to read more novels. I haven’t read enough over the past few years and I miss it. I also miss talking about books. I’ve tried joining book groups and starting book discussions but nothing ever seemed to work. Work and other things have kept me busy so I sort of let all things book go for a while but I am at the point where I want to get back into the habit. In order to do so, I have set myself a reading challenge for both the last few weeks of this month and for 2012.
I have two books that I am actively reading right now. Sword and Citadel by Gene Wolfe and Abarat: Days of Magic Nights of War by Clive Barker.
Sword and Citadel is part two of The Book of the New Sun. I have written about part one previously. Abarat: Days of Magic Nights of War is the second part of a fantasy series that has yet to be completed. Book 3 just came out this fall. I want to finish both of these books by the end of the year so I can start January clean and ready to get on to my 2012 challenge. I have follow-up books to both of these works on deck for 2012.
My 2012 reading challenge consists of 12 books spanning multiple genres and includes fiction, history, science, and classics. I chose 12 books, one a month, to complete during the year. I know that is a paltry number for some but I honestly feel like it is a realistic goal for me at this time in my life. There was a time when I would have laughed at such a small number but these days it would be a real treat if I could finish so many books. Without further ado, here is the list:
I am using Goodreads.com to generate this list and keep up with my progress. I am pretty excited about getting through these books. There is some stuff I have been looking forward to on there as well as some books that have been challenges for me to pick up or get through. Yes, I am looking at you Naked Lunch. If you aren’t using Goodreads I invite you to look into it and maybe join me in 2012.