Happy New Year everybody! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and the topic today is perfectly fitting, since it’s the first day of the year: Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2013.
1. Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington: I have started this book twice, always make it about 100 pages in, and then SOMETHING stops be from finishing it. It’s really tough subject material (the history of medical experimentation and torture on black Americans), so it’s partly that I literally feel sick and depressed while I read it. Also, something always seems to come up that makes me too busy or something to read, and then by the time I got my mojo back I go on to other things. THIS YEAR I WILL FINISH THIS BOOK, DAMMIT.
2. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb: I bought this book like a year and a half ago at Jenn’s recommendation, and it sounds so good! But I still have not gotten around to reading it. This be the year, it shall.
3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I have friends that have been trying to get me to watch the movie version for over a year, but I keep insisting that I have to read the book first. So you know, I should probably do that. But having it as an excuse to not watch a movie when I don’t feel like is awfully convenient…
4. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall by Sheri S. Tepper: I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages, and I really enjoyed her book The Gate to Women’s Country. I honestly don’t know much about the book except that it’s good, feminist-y, science-fiction and that sounds good.
5. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: Again, had it for YEARS and still haven’t read it. And I hear that it’s all sorts of good.
***Okay I’m having a hard time coming up with books, because basically I own like 500 books that I could put on this list, with nothing more interesting to say than “I’ve had it forever, I should read it soon.” SNORE. So, I’m going to list Five Bookish Resolutions instead.***
6. Read more currently popular books: See, I love that I kind of just read whatever I feel like. I like that it keeps my blog original. But I also feel like I kind of miss out sometimes by ignoring whatever books are all popular and at the top of the NY Times list and stuff at the moment. So, I’m going to try to pay more attention and read the ones that interest me. (I’m not going to just read any old stupid thing that for some reason is uber-popular *coughFiftyShadesofGreycough* at the time.) I may end up hating some of them, but that’s okay – I read a lot of books last year that I was indifferent towards. I want to read books this year that I either really love or really hate. I want to FEEL THE THINGS.
7. Read 100 books: Well this doesn’t really need explaining.
8. Read more stand-alone books: I got really sucked into some series and trilogies this year. I’m going to try to avoid that, because while I may end up loving them, it gets boring not being able to talk about the sequels because of spoilers. I’m going to try to finish the ones that I’ve already started, but I’m going to be hesitant to start new ones.
9. Read more classics and non-fiction: Actually, I didn’t do too bad on my non-fiction reads last year. I got really interested in popular physics books. I want to read at least 10 classics to keep me on pace with my list for The Classics Club, and I want to read at least 10 non-fiction books. (Also, I own SO MANY non-fiction books that need reading.)
10. Keep up with bloggy stuffs: Basically just try to keep up with Googlereader, bookish websites and articles, commenting, etc. This usually directly relates to how busy I am, or how tired from work during the later half of the week. I’m going to try to keep up more though. It bums me out when blogging gets pushed to the side.
So there we have it! What are your bookish resolutions this year, whether it be books you want to read or just bookish goals?