I finally have my reading list for 2013 (HURRAH!). The goal is to read these books, and add a few more. Although, the first book in my list is fairly ambitious, even when you factor in the fact that I do read parts of it everyday as part of my daily devotion!
- The Bible — yes ALL of it!
- The Jane Austen Miscellany by Harry Berry
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth
- I Remember Nothing and other reflections by Nora Ephron
- The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace
- How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
- French Lessons by Ellen Sussman
I wanted to make sure that I read books by authors that I’d never read before but I couldn’t resist adding a Philippa Gregory book because I love her books so much! I’ve discovered that I love historical fiction and this was all because I started reading PG’s books. I started with The Other Boleyn Girl and was hooked!
Some of the books on the list are already on my Kindle and have been languishing there for ages. I haven’t had the opportunity (and if I’m honest, most of the time, the inclination to read! Bad, I know!) to read them yet, so to encourage (read: prod me with a red-hot fireplace poker!) me to read them, I’m adding them to my list.
One book a month, except the Bible because I plan to read that everyday, although the Bible is still on my list of 12 books. There are 1189 chapters in the Bible and 365 days in a year. If I read 4 chapters a day, I’ll finish reading the Bible from cover to cover. Big ask, yes, very definitely. But I am determined to achieve this particular goal because, as a Christian, I am determined to be able to say that I’ve read the bible. Properly!
As they say, each approaching new year prompts people into a frenzied goal-setting mindset. My goal is simply to read more. I’ve always loved to read. It’s just giving my reading a little direction!