Saturday, April 5, 2008

Book Goals for 2008

I've decided that I'm going to put my book goals for 2008 down on paper..well, virtual paper, anyway. I'm shooting to read 150 books by the end of the year. With Back Spin and The Judas Goat, I'm at 29, so I'm slightly behind at this point. I will NOT opt to rush through books just to reach this goal, however. I'm still going to savor every word, nuance, device, joke, allusion...everything. I'm also not going to opt for tiny little books that I can finish in a matter of hours. I'm going to tackle my already-established "to read" list. This goal just gives me a focus. Also included in this goal is my goal to read at least one book a month that I already own. This means I had to have owned it prior to 2008, so no new purchases count toward this goal. If you'll recall I've already read these books toward that goal:

January - The Great Santini (Pat Conroy)
February - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
March - Judgement Calls (Alafair Burke)

This month's book is Faithless by Karin Slaughter. Here's the updated schedule for the next few months:

May - Sacred (or Shutter Island) by Dennis Lehane
June - Atonement by Ian McEwan
July - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
August - I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
September - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sutterfield
October - The Black Ice by Michael Connelly

As usual, I'll be keeping track of my books here with reviews and on Check back to see how I'm doing. And always feel free to comment on anything you think is a must-read!


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