As this year is approaching its end, and as I reached my reading goal of 50 books already in August, I think it’s time to look ahead to the new year.
My main goal will be the same; read 50 books during the year. But I have been thinking about what books I should read and have come up with some aims:
- Read non-fiction, a genre I have ignored as I love fiction, but there is so much to learn from non-fiction books. Non-fiction books I own are King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Empires and Barbarians by P. Heather and A Carpet Ride to Khiva by C.A Alexander.
- Read those classics. Many of them have been gathering dust on my bookshelf for years.
- Read contemporary young adult fiction. I need to be able to recommend some books for my students to read. So far, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is the only book on my list.
- Cross off some more books on the 1001 books you should read before you die list. Only 5% complete. The shame! Also work on my life-time goal; read something by every Nobel Prize laureate.
- Continue my journey around the world in literature. This year I covered 17 countries.
- Read indigenous authors, and especially from the Arctic.
- Read the books I own instead of buying new ones. Almost half the books I own are unread, circa 200.
Recommendations on how I can reach these goals are greatly appreciated, especially tips on indigenous Arctic authors.
2011 in books should be as entertaining as 2010 was.