No, not Dickens. At least, not yet. I'll have to rebuild my reading muscles before I'll consider tackling Dickens again.
In 2011, I kept track (more or less) of the number of books I read through my profile on Goodreads and I believe I read somewhere around 33 books. By reading, I of course include listening to audiobooks. I think listening to a good story told by an expert narrator is at least equal to if not better than looking at words on a page or screen. I wasn't always keen on audiobooks, but then I listened to Jim Dale read the Harry Potter series and have been hooked ever since.
2011 is behind and 2012 ahead. I've set my Goodreads Reading Goal at fifty books.
I'm going to start by finally finishing George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. I should finish Book V, A Dance with Dragons in the next day or two. Once complete (or perhaps sooner), I'm going to dig into Stephen King's 11/22/63 in conjunction with a read-a-long hosted by Grace over at Feeding My Book Addiction.
To assist me in achieving my reading goal, I have decided to read fewer epics and focus on shorter novels and other books. Here is a look at some of the books I am thinking of tackling this year:
Bulgakov, Mikhail, The Master and Margarita
Connelly, Michael The Lincoln Lawyer
Cullen, Dave. Columbine
Cumming, Charles The Trinity Six
Fforde, Jasper The Last Dragonslayer
Hamilton, Steve The Lock Artist
Hammett, The Thin Man
Hawks, Tony Round Ireland with a Fridge
Heuler, Karen The Made-up Man
Kafka, Franz The Trial
Larson, Erik The Devil in the White City
Lawhead, Stephen Hood (The King Raven Trilogy, Book I)
McLean, Patrick E. How to Succeed in Evil
Moore, Christopher Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art
Patchett, Ann Bel Canto
Patchett, Ann State of Wonder
Puzo, Mario The Godfather
Smith, Tom Rob Child 44
Tolstoy, Leo Anna Karenina
Torode, Sam The Dirty Parts of the Bible
Wallace, David Foster Infinite Jest
Wodehouse, P.G. Laughing Gas
Wodehouse, P.G. Uncle Dynamite
Wodehouse, P.G. Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Even if I read every book on the list above in addition to 11/22/63, I would still only be at twenty-five books. I'll leave room for re-reads (Christopher Moore's Fool or Tom Robbins' Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates are likely candidates) and I'd also like to branch out into different categories of writing. I want to broaden my horizons, to which end I will likely also be participating in the Mixing it Up Challenge hosted by Ellie over at Musings of a Bookshop Girl,
This is my first foray into book blogging so I'm going to make it up as I go along. I'm sure I won't be reviewing every book I read; I would even know where to begin with reviewing the epic that is A Song of Ice and Fire, even though things I love and hate about that series readily spring to mind.
What I will try and do is update regularly. I think I will plan to update each Friday and say something about what I read in the previous week. So stay tuned and feel free to hit the comments!