My Reading for 2012

One of my goals for this New Year, both professionally and personally, is to get more reading done, hopefully at the expense of my lazing-around-in-front-of-the-television and/or doing-nothing-of-importance-on-the-web time. It’s not that I spend hours watching TV — I really don’t. And compared to my teenagers, I spend barely any time at all on social media. But I do think that I could squeeze in an extra hour or so of reading each day, and over the course of the year, that could really add up.

I have already started my first book of the year — I’m reading Paolo Bacigalupi’s Hugo and Nebula-award winning novel, The Windup Girl, and I’m loving it. Intense, poetic, different from anything I’ve read before.  What’s not to love?

What else do I have in mind to read this year?  Well, I’ve started a list . . .

First there are a few classics that I’ve never read and really need to:

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

And then there are some more modern titles that I’ve been meaning to read for some time:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Charming Billy, Alice McDermott

And finally, there are several novels in fantasy and sf that I have been wanting to read, many of them by friends:

Cold Magic, by Kate Elliott

Of Blood and Honey, by Stina Leicht

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

Greywalker, by Kat Richardson

Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Demon-Trapper’s Daughter, by Jana Oliver

Sailing to Sarantium, by Guy Gavriel Kay

Earthquake Weather, by Tim Powers

What about you?  What’s on your To-Be-Read pile for 2012?

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