Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

Gone are the days when I make resolutions to read a lot of books that I end up forcing myself to read. This year, I've decided to make some open-ended resolutions, resolutions I can't help but accomplish in course of a year. 

Here, then, are the books I hope to read in 2013:

1. Classics.
I'm thinking about either
Anna Karenina or East of Eden.
My ftf book club is reading
Pride and Prejudice in February and
To Kill a Mockingbird in March, so
I hope to reread both of these.

 2. Books about Italy.
I've accumulated an enormous stack over the last two years,
as we'd hoped to go to Italy last summer, but didn't.
I might read A Thousand Bells at Noon;
Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves; That Fine Italian Hand;
Italian Days by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison;
Italian Soup Cookbook;
A Traveller in Italy by H. V. Morton;
or The Seasons of Rome by Paul Hofmann.

3. 1001 Children's Books You Must Read.
I plan to read Wendy Orr's Peeling the Onion,
David Almond's The Fire-Eaters,
Robert Michael Ballantyne's The Coral Island, and
Margaret Mahy's The Changeover 
as all of these are on our schedule in coming months.

4. Books about Happiness.
I've signed up to join in a blog tour of
Sonja Lyubomirsky's The Myths of Happiness in January.
I hope I will read other books on happiness this year.

5. Writing Books.
I'm taking an essay writing class next semester.
I have Good Prose by Tracy Kidder awaiting me.

6. Poetry
William Stafford's You Must Revise Your Life
is here. Hope to find others.

7. Photography Books.
Happily I received Photo Op for Christmas,
so I hope to try one photo project each week in 2013.

8. Children's Picture Books.
Always happy to have these come my way.
Like these that arrived this week:
Fifty Cents and a Dream and Look! Another Book!

9. Good Nonfiction.
Maybe Pico Iyer's Falling Off the Map.

 10. Good Fiction.
Thinking about Elizabeth Taylor's A View of the Harbor
and Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.

What are your book plans for 2013?
I'm always interested in your recommendations
and suggestions.

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  1. Interesting resolutions ... good for you and good luck with them. I must say that I've never heard of the Robin Sloan literary fiction but you can never go wrong with a Virago book I reckon.

  2. Anna Karenina is on my to-read list - I really hope I wil get to it soon! I honestly don't know the other titles but I find it interesting that you've chosen so many different genres! ^^
    And I'm also very pleased to know that you like to read about Italy, my country *w*

    Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wonderful list! I hope you get all of those books read! Happy New Year!

  4. I would love to read Anna Karenina this year too!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. Interesting picks. :) Not really up my alley but I might try some nevertheless. Enjoy!

    Happy New Year!
    My TTT

  6. The Myths of Happiness looks good. I enjoy the topic; in fact, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home were favorite nonfiction reads for me.

    I have never read Elizabeth Taylor, but I've been noticing her books lately and downloaded her last one: Blaming.

    Happy New Year!

  7. East of Eden is so good! I read it in February and it is one of my new favorites.

  8. Happy New Year! Great list, I hope you enjoy Anna Karenina (read the book 2 years ago and absolutely loved it). Your list of Italian books sound great; I love reading books set in Italy or are written by Italians xD

    Here's my TTT for this week =)

  9. I am currently reading Anna Karenina myself and I am actually enjoying it a lot more than I thought that I would! I also keep seeing Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore on a lot of peoples 2013 TBR lists, I may have to check this one out too! I can't wait to read what you think about it! Great list! Here is my list, if you are interested: http://yeahireadit.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-resolve-to-read.html

  10. I've read East of Eden. It's good.

    Anna Karenina is one of my all-time faves, might even be my favorite book of all-time. The Mockingbird is also good.

    The rest I haven't heard of either. Italy is incredible. I love Italy and books about Italy. Enjoy them!

    The rest I haven't heard of. Happy New Years and happy reading!

    Here are the books I resolve to read

    ~Danica Page
    Taking it One Page at a Time

  11. Anna Karenina also made it to my list!

  12. these are some really cool picks. i have not heard of all of these and will check them out.

    i am a big steinbeck fan so i hope that you like east of eden. and photo op looks really interesting, too. i have never been to italy but i would love to. that's fun that you have a little collection of italy books.

    happy new year! thanks for stopping by the blog.

    fishgirl182 @ nite lite reviews

  13. I'd love to re-read Pride & Prejudice as well, and I definitely want to read a few photography books this year! Also: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore looks so interesting, I definitely want to check it out too. Happy New Year and happy reading!! :)

  14. I've been thinking about reading Anna Karenina too after seeing the movie!

    Happy 2013!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Go for it with Anna Karenina - it's long but it's a much easier read than you'd think and amazing.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird are such wonderful books... Maybe I'll re-read them...

    Happy New Year!

  17. I just got Mr. Penumbra's for Christmas and know I'll be reading it soon. I've built it up so much in my head, though, I hope I'm not let down!

  18. Have read your classics, nut not the others, if you want some poetry, check out my post for my faves of the year (published today)

  19. I would love to read Anna Karenina before seeing the movie! Great picks :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

  20. I really should try to reread some classics that I either 1) didn't enjoy back in high school or 2) fibbed my way through them by skimming and scanning Cliff Notes. However, I will say I wouldn't mind rereading To Kill a Mockingbird again as I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time. :)

    I do hope that reading the books on Italy help to inspire you to go this year. I've heard it's lovely countryside.

    Take care, Deb!

  21. I like the way you ordered your list thematically. Lots of great books here. I loved East of Eden and it was a great favourite with our book club,. although I don't know how it would go in a tournament of books against Anna Karenina because I've sadly neglected the Russians!

    I read Italian Days while i was in Italy and it was wonderful.

    I'm currently reading Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home and getting a lot out of it, as I did with her first.

    Mr Penumbra's on my list too. Looks like you're going to have a great start to your year of reading.

    Here's my list: http://annabelsmith.tumblr.com/post/39359194653/top-10-tuesday-the-first-ten-books-i-plan-to-read-in

  22. Thanks for stopping by my post! You totally reminded me I should add more classics to my list. Anna Karenina is one of those. Nice list! You really covered all the genres well :)

  23. East of Eden is one of my all time faves. Love it more every time I re-read it too.

  24. East of Eden is on my list too, as you saw! To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books EVER!! Hope you enjoy! :)

  25. I think just those books alone would take me several years, but I know you'll get it done. We've certainly got some great 1001 selections coming up. I got about 600 pages through Anna Karenina, before giving up. I would like to see the new movie when it starts here though.

  26. East of Eden is high on my list. I'm planning to spend every other month reading books from my shelves. That is, books that have been there between 5 and 10 years! I don't think East of Eden has been there that long, but it's close.

  27. You are going to be busy!! Blogging, reading, photographing -- not to mention your real job. I'm on page 19 of Les Miserables (only 1100+ pages to go!) -- and reading bluebonnets in between (only 4 more to go to reach "our" goal of 15 again this year). FYI.. Michael enjoyed Misty Gordon as much as I did. I'm going to look into that Photo Op book - I have too many photography books - but always looking for more.

  28. Great selection! I have Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore from the library and am about to start it.


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