Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week's topic is 10 books I resolve to read in 2011:

10. Tolstoy, War and Peace: I'm embarrassed to say that I've never really read a Russian novel.  I started Anna Karenina once and didn't get very far (so many names!) and I trudged through Crime and Punishment in high school, loathing it the way I loathed all assigned reading.  My husband and I are reading this together, a little every night, and hopefully will be done by the end of the year.  I'm enjoying it so far.
9.  Bronte, Wuthering Heights: Again, before graduate school, I had a kind of "hating it because you made me do it" attitude towards the Brontes and Jane Austen.  I feel in love with Austen on my third read of Pride and Prejudice (it took me a while to see what others see) and I always kind of liked Jane Eyre.   This has been TBR for me for years.
8. Franzen, Freedom: This is on the shelf, one of those had to have it in hardbacks, and my goal is to read it before it comes out in paperback.  I really started wanting to read it a couple weeks ago, but was waiting because I was going to use it for a 2011 challenge, and now I'm distracted, but I'll get to it soon.
7. Levin, The Instructions: I think 2011 is kind of the year of the chunkster for me.  I just got my copy of this in the mail, and it is literally so large I'm not sure how I'm going to read it.  It is 1030 pages long, which isn't obscene, but for aesthetics sake has not been printed on Bible pages (which is awesome).  If you haven't seen this beast, it is the size and shape of a small suitcase.
6.Bolano, 2666: Back to the chunkster theme.  I've read 2/3 of this novel.  I have the three paperback set, and I read the first two, but got burnt out and stopped and waited so long to come back that I'm going to have to start at the beginning.  I'm excited to return to and finish this book though.
5. This isn't a particular book, but I'm going to try to read more poetry in 2011.
4. Morrison,  Song of Solomon: I always want to read more Morrison, but never do. I've read Beloved- which I loved - and Love- which I didn't like so much.  This is my husbands favorite and he has been trying to get me to read it for years.  Plus, it will break up my- so far- long list of long books by men.
3. Alcott, Little Women: I'm signed up to read this for the Back to Classics challenge and I'm really looking forward to it. I love these characters and have really fond memories of them from my childhood.
2. Susan Casey, The Wave: I won this - yea!- and I'm really excited to read it just as soon as I finish the nonfiction book that I'm currently working on.  There are a lot of good nonfiction books on my TBR and I hope to get through a few more of those this year in general.
1. Again, this isn't specific, but I want to read more books written by people I know.  I have quite a few of these on my shelf and I really feel like I should prioritize them better.


  1. Wow, I need to read more books like you! I am going to try more classics this year, but I am not ready for War and Peace :) That is cool that your husband is a reader too...mine isn't but he likes me to read books out loud to him.

  2. Best of luck on your reading goals for 2011 :)

  3. War & Peace is on my TBR list for this year too. Anna K made me love Tolstoy... once you get the names down, its a great story!

  4. Wow, that's quite the list. War and Peace has been sitting on my shelf for a long time and I'll be honest I'm a little afraid of it. Good luck with the reading. My list is at the following site if you're interested.

  5. Wuthering Heights is on my list as well. I haven't read it in awhile and wanted to check it out again.

    Here is my list if you'd like to check it out:

  6. Good luck reading all these :)
    I think it's a great idea to read War & Peace together, it makes it seem much more manageable.

  7. I have a B.A. in English Literature, and I've never read War and Peace, either. How sad is that? :( I plan on completing the book this year, as well. My other big undertaking will be the Bible (I feel a lot of guilt about being an avid reader, but never having completed the most important book of all). Anyway, good luck on your reading goals. I absolutely adored Wuthering Heights, so I hope you do, too. :)

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