Jan 1, 2009

BTT: Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone!
So … any Reading Resolutions? Say, specific books you plan to read? A plan to read more ____? Anything at all?

Name me at least ONE thing you’re looking forward to reading this year!
My response:
Yes, I do have two reading resolutions for 2009! Hopefully, I'll be better at these resolutions than the normal ones, i.e. exercise more, get organized etc. :)
I started my blog last January, however I didn't start posting regular reviews until later in February, but I still managed to read and review 30 books. (Click here if you'd like to see a list of those books.) My first resolution, or personal challenge, is that I'd like to read 50 books this year. I found myself in a bit of a slump at the end of 2008, so hopefully that won't happen again this year.
More importantly, I will be making an effort to read more classic literature in this new year. The first classic I plan to read is JANE EYRE. I know! Can you believe I haven't ever read that? I've seen the 1996 film version and now I am very much looking forward to the book. From there I'd like to read some Jane Austen. I've never focused on the classics before, other than some high school reading of Sylvia Plath's THE BELL JAR (which I'm sure I didn't appreciate as a teenager), some Steinbeck, and of course, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I'm looking forward to this personal classics challenge. If you'd like to recommend a classic that you think I shouldn't miss, please leave me a comment and tell me about it! Any and all recommendations are appreciated!


  1. You have some worthy goals. I wish you well. Happy New Year!

  2. Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorites, so I think you'll like it. ; ) Thanks for posting on my first BTT post. It is nice to receive such a warm welcome!

  3. Happy New Year! I'd recommend Pride & Prejudice for a Jane Austen pick. Just wonderful.

  4. I decided to participate! You can read my BTT here

  5. You have some terrific books to look forward to! Happy BTT.

  6. Actually, I did not read Jane Eyre until last year, so you are not the only one who feels "behind." It is a great book to begin the new year. If you like it, then you might want to read Villette --- I almost liked that Bronte novel better.

    Have a wonderful New Year's Day!!

  7. Sally - Thanks for the well wishes.

    Amy - you're most welcome!

    Mary - Thanks for the recommendation!

    Beth - yes, I'm really looking forward to this years reads!

    Molly - I'm so glad I'm not the only person who hasn't read Jane Eyre! Thanks for the recommendation - I'll look for that one as well.

  8. Happy New Year :)
    Jane Austen is one of my favorites, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are my two favorites of hers.

  9. Happy reading in 2009. I recommend Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. I read Of Mice and Men when I was a teenager and have a feelings it was one of the boths underappreciated due to my maturity level at the time.

  10. Hope you enjoy Jane Eyre -- it's one of my favourites. I would recommend Frankenstein as another great classic.

  11. Resolution is never written on stone. I don’t want resolution to fetter my reading spontaneity. The rough sketch is that I should read more nonfiction this year.

    Happy New Year! :)

  12. Some of your classics are on my list for this year too!! I've read Sense & Sensibility and now I'm working on her other 5!!

    Happy New Year!

  13. Naida - I'm not familiar with Persuasion. I'll have to look that one up. Thanks for the recommendations!

    BookPSmith - I understand about the maturity level thing. I read some Steinbeck in high school and can't even remember which ones!

    Bluestocking - thanks for the link!

    Agirlinthisvicinity - Ooh Frankenstein is a good one. Thanks!

    Matt - Reading more non-fiction is always a good idea. I only read four or five non-fiction books in 2008. One I didn't finish.

    Happy New Year to you all!

  14. Happy New Year!

    I liked 90 Minutes in Heaven.

  15. Jane Eyre is a good start. I plan on reading pride and prejudice this year. Plus a variety of other books.

    Happy New year.


  16. You will love Jane Eyre, what a great choice!

  17. Staci - P & P seems to be a favorite with many of you!

    Sheri - my aunt gave me 90 Minutes In Heaven and I've been anxious to read it.

    Robin - several readers have mentioned they're reading P&P as well!

    Amanda - Yes, I thought Jane Eyre was a lovely place to start! ;)

    Thank you all for your recommendations!

  18. I love Jane Eyre! I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

  19. I, too, am intent on reading more classics this year; I've decided to use one of the challenges I'm participating in (Celebrate the Author) to do just that!

    Good Luck to both of us!! LoL


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