My reading is pretty goal-oriented, with a number of targets and perpetual challenges. I'm reasonably happy with my progress:
- Complete Booker: achieved my goal of reading 12 winners
- Orange Prize Project: achieved my goal to complete the winners list (8 books), and also read 2 shortlisted works
- Pulitzer Project: achieved my goal of reading 6 winners
- Virago Modern Classics: achieved my goal (10 books) ... enough to justify my obsessive collecting, I think!
- Reading Across Borders : I lost steam on this one. I intended to "visit" 10 new countries during the year. I read books from 6 new countries, and as I began finding it more difficult to locate books that interested me, I set this goal aside. But I have a plan to revive my global reading in 2010!
- Just for fun: this was a great new category for me. In previous years I had become so locked into challenges that my reading was planned months in advance. I had no flexibility! So for 2009, I vowed to read at least 20 books that I would choose on the spur of the moment, not related to any other challenge. I actually read 30 books "just for fun," and loved it. I cleared a few things off my TBR pile, joined some group reads on LibraryThing, and read books that others had recommended highly.
- 1% Well-Read Challenge
- (Another) 1% Well-Read Challenge (Between the two "1%" challenges and some other reads, I read 18 books from the "1001 Books you Must Read Before you Die" list this year)
- Book Awards II
- Book Awards III
- Lost in Translation Challenge, a full-year challenge to read 6 books in translation. I read 4.
- Support your Local Library Challenge, another full-year challenge where I committed to read 50 books from my local library. This was twice the amount of 2008 library reads, so I knew achieving this was both ambitious and unlikely. I'm satisified that I improved on 2008, reading 32 books (40%) from my local library.
- Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner (review)
- The Snow Geese, by William Fiennes (review)
- Home, by Marilynne Robinson (review)
- Sorry, by Gail Jones (review)
- The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro (review)
P.S. Beginning January 1, you can find me at my new blog home on Wordpress. See you there!