Iâ€™m giving up on all those resolutions about losing a few pounds, keeping in touch with people better, tidying my office / bedroom / kitchen, and instead sticking with resolutions that I might actually be able to keep. The one think I can guarantee Iâ€™ll do this year is read books. Lots of them. So Iâ€™m resolving in 2011 to read some of those books and authors Iâ€™ve always meant to but never got around to, and to re-read some whose delights Iâ€™ve all but forgotten.
So, on the first-time read list for this year are Moby Dick (yes, I know I should have read it!), a couple of Herman Wouk titles, since I so loved The Winds of War in 2010, anything by Deanne Gist, some more Jennifer Weiner… The new Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. Iâ€™m halfway through Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, so thatâ€™s solid progress on my resolution already. The Last Will of Moira Leahy, by Therese Walsh. At least one YA novel by Julie Kagawa. I like to buy authorsâ€™ debut novels, so in 2011, thatâ€™ll mean buying books by Michelle Diener, Soraya Lane and Kylie Griffin. Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen, and maybe his new book, Star Island, as well.
On the re-read list are Jane Eyre, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility. Maybe War and Peace if Iâ€™m not overly daunted by the size of the thing.
Tell me what youâ€™re planning to read this year â€“ Iâ€™m always keen to hear your recommendations!