Take reading challenges...I have completed every one that I signed up for. And last year that meant that virtually all my reading choices were decided for me, because they had to fit into one (or two or three) challenge categories. I enjoy being a part of reading challenges immensely because it has broadened my reading horizons and I've met a lot of great bloggers that way.
But this year I need a break. I need to be able to mosey on over to my shelf and pick up whatever strikes my fancy. So this year I'm only doing one challenge that I put together with Melissa at Book Nut and Corinne at The Book Nest.
We each chose 5 books that we wanted each other to read. So here's what I'll be reading:
A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous or
I love all the stuff they recommend, so for fun I may also read some of Corinne's books for Melissa, and Melissa's books for Corinne:
On Fortune's Wheel by Cynthia Voigt
Precious Bane by Mary Webb
The Zookeeper's Wife or The Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Pastwatch or Wyrms by Orson Scott Card
A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
My Life in France by Julia Child
To see what I recommended for these lovely ladies, click here and here.
Other than that, I'd really like to incorporate the reading of my husband and my older kids here in some way, as yet to be determined. I'd also like more than half of my reading to be from books that I owned prior to 1/1/11.
I'm looking forward to reading this year and to reading your blogs to see what you are reading. I wish each of you a happy and healthy 2011!