2010: A New Beginning

The last year has been an interesting one for me.  I’ve been consumed by many different things which interfered with my reading plans, so to begin anew in 2010, I’m joining a few challenges to get the ball rolling.  There are so many out there, but these three will be a great place to start!

For the To Be Read Challenge 2010, I’ve chosen books already on my shelves that I’ve meant to read for some time.  I think I’ve chosen the ones I’ll stick with, but just in case I’ve listed my full slot of alternates.

1. Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner
2. Dracula by Stoker
3. Avalon by Lawhead
4. Mansfield Park by Austen
5. The Secret Garden by Burnett
6. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Dillard
7. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
8. The Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver
9. The Last of the Mohicans by Cooper
10. Traveling Mercies by Lamott
11. Three Cups of Tea by Mortenson and Relin
12. Dynamo by Dougan

1. My Name is Asher Lev by Potok
2. Ender in Exile by Card
3. We by Zamyatin
4. Birdsong by Faulks
5. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Lewycka
6. The Archivist by Cooley
7. The Historian by Kostova
8. Princes of Ireland by Rutherfurd
9. Northanger Abbey by Austen
10. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Nafisi
11. The Big Burn by Egan
12. Everything Bad is Good for you by Johnson

The 2010 Challenge requires the reader to read 20 books in 10 different categories during 2010.  I’m excited about this one as the categories are such that I will be pushed to expand my reading horizons.

I’m really excited about the 2010 Mixology Challenge! I really wanted to challenge myself to read more nonfiction and short stories this year, and this challenge allows me to set my own goals for the year.  My goals and categories for the year are as follows:

52 books total
1. YA Fiction: 10 books
2. TBR: 12 books
3. Short Story Collections: 3 books
4. Nonfiction: 10 books
5. New in 2010 (books published or new to me authors): 10 books
6. Fantasy: 6 books
7. Historical Fiction: 6 books

One thought on “2010: A New Beginning”

  1. Hey my long lost friend – okay, so you weren’t lost. You’ve been busy, I’ve been busy and a whole year has gone by with nary a coffee date. It’s a sad, sad state that I hope we remedy this coming year.

    You have some ambitious reading goals for the new year. I look forward to reading/hearing your thoughts on the books you are reading.

    When I saw this post I was ready to jump right in to the deep end. Then my little voice reminded me I have the lofty goal of finishing my novel this coming year and beginning the process of finding a publisher. So, I headed back over to the shallow end to wade there while I attempt to fulfill this dream.

    Take care and have a Happy New Year!

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