This year I got myself a 2010 calendar solely for my reading. If I am going to be reading deliberately I need to have some idea of what I am going to be reading and when, right? Right. Now if I could only remember to consult it. I have all of my THIB! dates, guests, times and books in there and a tour or two set up. I just have to learn not to commit to anything (readalongs, challenges, etc) before I look at my book calendar. The whole thing is probably more easily accomplished if I stay off Twitter and don’t read any blogs!
I think it might be too late for January and probably February too, but maybe I will be able to make a fresh start with March. In the meantime here are the hundred or so books that I want to read and a lot more of what I need to read for January 2010.
January 2010 Reading List
The Lotus Eaters, by Tatjana Soli – I got this one from the Book Browse early review program. It’s about a photographer living in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and her experiences there. It would be perfect for the War Through the Generations (Vietnam War) Challenge which Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit and Anna at Diary of An Eccentric are hosting, but I don’t know if I have enough books to enter that one. Dragon House would have been perfect for this one as well, but I was already reading it for 2009.
The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters – I have been collecting books by Sarah Waters. I have this one as well as Fingersmith and The Night Watch and I have yet to read any of them. I am so glad to finally be reading this one with Vasilly for my show with Rebecca from The Book Lady’s Blog.
War Child, by Emmanuel Jal – I’m reading this for my THIB! show with Natasha from Maw Books and it will also serve as one of my books for the Social Justice Challenge- I am joining but have not yet posted about it. It’s about child soldiers, so I already feel that is is going to be a heartbreaker. Natasha did put together an excellent post that included other resources that go along with this book including a documentary that I have ordered from Netflix. This means that this will work for my Read the Book, Watch The Movie Challenge as well. A three-fer, sweet!
Almost Home, by Pam Jenoff – The author sent me a copy of this one. Hopefully I will have an interview to go along with my review as well. It is hinting at a murder mystery and family secrets. I have been looking forward to reading it for some time.
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck – This is one of those things that started out as a Twitter conversation with Jen at Devourer of Books and Vasilly from 1330v and by the time I had turned around and logged back on again it had become a quarterly thing complete with website, Classic Reads. I only hate that I won’t be able to use this for the Chunkster Challenge. We start reading it before Feb 1. Boo. But I am pretty sure it has a movie, so yay, another overlap.
Keeping the Feast, by Paula Butturini – Lisa at Books on the Brain and Mari from Bookworm with A View are hosting a Winter Reading Series and I am so excited to be able to participate. Just the words couple and Italy were said and I knew that I wanted to read the book and participate in the conversation. I love intricate relationship stories and I love reading about places in which I have lived or visited so I am happy to be reading this!
Between Here and April, by Deborah Kopacken Kogan. – Awhile ago on Twitter, of course, I asked Gayle from Every Day I Write The Book when she would be be holding her next EDIWTB Book Club and she just announced one last week. I am so glad that she posted about it before I unplugged for the holidays because otherwise I would have missed it. This looks like it is going to be one of those really heavy novels that stays with you for awhile, and leaves you wanting to maybe switch up and read some lighter fare after. I have to make sure that I have something on hand. Doesn’t look like I have anything that will do the trick on this list so far.
Eye of the World Reading Schedule
So, I am reading a lot of big books and rather early in the year, like now. This month and into February I will be reading a fantasy novel entitled The Eye of The World, by Robert Jordan for the THIB! show with Heather from Age 30+… A Lifetime of Books. I won a copy of this book when Heather did a giveaway a few months back, not knowing what I would soon be reading it for the show. It’s about 800 pages and I am sure it will go quickly if I remember how fantasy books went when I was younger. But just in case, I made a little reading schedule for myself so that I will have some idea of where I should be at all times to make sure that I can finish it in time for the show.
- December 21: Chapters 1-8 or pp 1-118
- December 28: Chapters 9-16 or pp 119-129
- January 4: Chapters 17-23 or pp 230-347
- January 11: Chapters 24-31 or pp 348-466
- January 18: Chapters 32-38 or pp 467-581
- January 25: Chapters 39-45 or pp 582-688
- February 1: Chapters 46-53/pp 689-782
I worked on this draft awhile ago so it’s a little old with respect to The Eye of the World. It is going very quickly, I am totally into it and way, way ahead of schedule so far.