Sunday, December 27, 2009

2010 Book List

I am terrible at keeping up with my book list—and I love to read! Poetry collections I read as easily as drinking water, but other genres I’m slow to finish. Yes, it’s true I had a lot going on in 2009, but that’s just an excuse for not making time for an activity that I love.

2010 is all about making time for me, and reading is a big part of that. Also, not overcommitting to too many titles is just as important. I’m also on GoodReads, so I’m hoping to finish more things than I start by becoming a part of an organized community of book lovers. Here’s my list for 2010, and I’m always looking for suggestions.


2010 Book List

Poetry

1. Southern Comfort, Nin Andrews
2. News of the World: Poems, Phil Levine
3. Apologies to an Apple, Maya Ganesan
4. Arc and Hue, Tara Betts (halfway through)
5. Lucifer at the Starlite, Kim Addonizio (second read)
6. Please, Jericho Brown (second read)
7. This Clumsy Living, Bob Hicok
8. The End of the West, Michael Dickman
9. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes (classic)
10. Two and Two, Denise Duhamel

Poetry collections should wind down around AWP Denver in April when I’ll pick up lots of new titles.

11. Conquering Venus, Collin Kelley (starting January 1, CK)
12. Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert (my first Kindle for iPhone book)
13. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, Erin Dionne (YA)
14. The Country of Loneliness, Dawn Paul (Memoir)
15. Themes for English B, J.D. Scrimgeour (nonfiction)
16. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver (nonfiction)
17. The Gift, Lewis Hyde (nonfiction)
18. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (classic fiction)
19. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (classic fiction)
20. Geek Love, Katherine Dunn (one of my favorite books)
21. Lit, Mary Karr
22. How to Be Inappropriate, Daniel Nester

So, what's on your book list for the New Year?

7 comments:

susan said...

Lots of titles on your list I'm looking forward to reading.

I've joined 5 reading challenges for 2010 and I have found that while I don't like making to-do lists, I love making reading lists and I'm excited to strike off titles read. Check my sidebar for challenges. I've created reading lists for each one but Social Justice.

Kells said...

Whoa, is Committed already out?! I didn't think it came out until January.

Have you read Lit yet? That's on my list if you think it's good...

January said...

Kelli, Committed comes out on January 5, so I'm having it sent directly to my iPhone. I can relate to Elizabeth Gilbert's subject matter.

As for Lit, I haven't read it but I've heard Mary Karr talk about it in a few radio interviews. I like her, so I think I'll enjoy the book.

January said...

Susan, I'm the opposite. I like making lists but have a hard time keeping up with them. But this year I'm committing myself to starting what I finish.

Jessie Carty said...

I really want to get the Nin Andrews book. I read "This Clumsy Living" a year or so ago. Good read :)

I didn't realize Committed and Lit were about to come out. I'll need to add them to my list which I haven't really started yet! I also want to read the YA Hamlet book.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was a good read and "To Kill a Mockingbird" is still one of my favorites. I like to add at least one classic I've missed. Hmm.. will Pride & Prejudice & Zombies cover me on the Austen end?

Maya Ganesan said...

Yay, thanks! :) UNDERLIFE is definitely on my to-read list for 2010.

Radish King said...

Okay. I put your link on my blog and I think I'm in the right year. I think I followed you here from Kelli's blog but I'm not sure now as I've been lazy and napping on and off all day.

I'm reading The Lives of John Lennon (a reread) and Women of the Beat generation, The Writer,s Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution, a book I've been reading for years on and off that I keep in my bathroom.

I don't really have a booklist. I just read them as they come to me and try my best to keep up.
Rebecca

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