Dec 31 2012
Well, it’s that time of year again! I have just started my yearly tradition of preparing my reading list for the new year. Goal for 2013: 30 books (ambitious as I only made it to 25 this year!) with a focus on the “Classics”. Here’s how it works: Every Christmas, I review the books that I read over the past few years (conveniently cataloged and self-reviewed on Goodreads of course) and, in a vain attempt to break out of my favorite “popular fiction” and “crime novel” molds, I pick a new genre on which to focus. For example, this past year, I tried a little (light) fantasy out. This was a tough one for me as I am still traumatized by my childhood reading of A Wrinkle in Time (sorry Madeleine L’Engle fans!). This past year I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins), The Magicians (Lev Grossman), and The Monstrumologist (Rick Yancey). This year the Classics are up. Always a favorite with me, it has been far too long (in my estimation) since I have picked up a Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, or a Bronte. First up on the list, is The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) – which I have just checked out from the LIBRARY! So many books to get to…and time’s a-wastin’!
Kate Lane Van Sleet