July is my read-all-you-can month. I was inspired by Alexa (go, you!) and her self-declared month goals, so in light of stressful things going on, I’ve decided to follow her example. Already, I’ve visited Sweden and unconvered a shocking family secret; I’ve been a part of the Bronte household and found new respect or Jane Eyre; and I’ve imagined the Real Housewives (and slaves) of Ancient Rome.
My previous goal was to read 25 books (which I still may say is my cut-off before buying any more books that I haven’t already pre-ordered), but seeing as I do still need to do work (and oh yeah, socialize), I’m dropping that goal down to 15.
Here are the selections I would like to blaze my way through (in no particular order):
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
- Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes by Jude Morgan
- Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen [Finished 7/8/10]
- The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre [Finished 7/16/10]
- The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton [Finished 8/4/10]
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Fire by Kristen Cashore
- Olive Kitteridge by Eizabeth Strout [Finished 7/10/10]
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay [Finished 7/26/10]
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows [Finished 7/17/10]
- A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
So it’s July 6th. I have three down, twelve more to go. I’ve already started making headway with Water for Elephants.
What’s really sad is that I probably have 15 more books sitting around that I haven’t read yet that I can name off the top of my head (including the Meg Cabot and American Gods novels [gifts], as well as two more Ranger’s Apprentice books, as well as The Winter Rose and The Raging Quiet … that’s 7 right there). I just want a change of pace before I delve into those. As I pulled out Olive Kittridge, I saw about 3-4 more novels I haven’t read yet just sitting on the shelf. Obviously I need to treat my office as my very own Borders and/or library and make sure I actually read what I already own.
So I’m going to read until I’m cross-eyed. Maybe after this, August will be my very own brainstorm-all-you-can month. That would definitely be a change of pace! I want to be prepared to take part in November’s National Novel Writing Month with a fresh project, and if I do that, I want to come fully prepared with a detailed outline.
Wish me luck!