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Reading Plans for 2012?

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Nov 20, 2011, 8:38pm

What are you looking forward to reading in the New Year? Or do you look that far ahead?

On my list: Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure by Julia Flynn Siler

Nov 21, 2011, 7:03pm

I am doing the 12-12 Challenge and have 50 books selected so far. I am looking forward to my series category with Wicked, Son of a Witch, and Lion Among Men planned.

Nov 22, 2011, 1:08pm

To quote Richard Blane, the owner of Rick's Cafe' in Casablanca, "I never make plans that far ahead ..." :-)s

Nov 23, 2011, 9:15pm

I love that movie, bks


Nov 28, 2011, 11:50pm

I usually read nonfiction unless a friend presses a novel into my hands and insists. That's how I got Wednesday Sisters. Thanks for that one, Meg. I recently read Martha Stout's The Sociopath Next Door in an attempt to try to understand a family member who is so terribly destructive of everyone around her. So here I am reading a series of books about evil -- psychology, philosophy, historic religious works, and even literary criticism. I just finished Josephine Donovan's Uncle Tom's Cabin: Evil, Affliction, and Redemptive Love (a fascinating look at how Stowe wrote her landmark book) and Simon Baron-Cohen's The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty. So 2012 sees me reading more on evil. Presently in my stack is Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley, Genius of the Transcendent: Mystical Writings of Jakob Boehme, Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy by Susan Neiman, Hannah Arendt's Eichman in Jerusalem and possibly a collection of interviews with serial killers. I have a long list of others from which I have yet to choose. I have promised myself I will write up my "research." Maybe I will make it a novel. Why not?

Nov 29, 2011, 10:02pm

On my short pile is ;

Salt and Steel: Reflections of a Submariner by Edward Latimer Beach,
and Sam Willis's Heart of Oak Trilogy history of the golden age of sail of the British Navy
The "Fighting Temeraire"
Glorious First of June
and Admiral Benbow
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard is high on the list too.

And then my usual mix of Sci-Fi and historical mysteries.

Dic 2, 2011, 10:59pm

Am having foot surgery on Dec. 22 so between then and Jan 2 (when I return to work) I plan on getting ALOT of reading done. I just finished up Bleak House by Charles Dickens so I'm going to read 3-4 light ones before beginning anything heavy again. On my list between now and New Year's Include:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Melting Points
The Piano Tuner
After completing those I will then begin Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North.

Dic 3, 2011, 9:11am

Civil War stuff, more Civil War stuff, and then maybe in my spare time, some Civil War stuff.

I will only be a 50-something for a few more months. Any others of you ready to graduate into the 60-something readers' group?

Dic 3, 2011, 9:21pm

8 > I just turned 60 a couple of days ago. I'm staying here, as long as they'll have me.

Is there a 60-something group?

Dic 4, 2011, 1:29am

Massie's Catherine the Great, Patric Juliet Memoirs of a Sardine Lover, have just finished Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner and like chocolate cannot read just a single time so I have started it again.

Dic 4, 2011, 7:19am

Plans? Well, I'm planning on getting up from this chair soon. Maybe within the next hour; maybe not ...

Editado: Dic 5, 2011, 6:37pm

>9 PhaedraB:

There is Readers Over Sixty:

It seems rather quiet ...

Dic 6, 2011, 10:38pm

>11 Noisy: - LOL Thanks for the chuckle! Are you out of that chair yet? ;)

Dic 12, 2011, 8:42pm

I've tried the "programs" 11 in 11, etc, but I never stick to them. I may well read that many books, but not in the "right" categories. I just do my own thing when it comes to reading and it pleases me very much!

Dic 12, 2011, 9:42pm

>14 Tess_W:
Since you set up your own categories, you can change them so you won't have the " wrong" book.

Dic 19, 2011, 5:25pm

Here is a cross post from the SF section for my reading ambitions which will probably extend into 2012.

Not really SF- ok maybe a little, I decided to read all of Micho Kaku's books I am a bit over half way through Einstein's Cosmos {very interesting - fills in a lot of gaps for me. incredible the topics he big E was arguing before 1911}, and have Physics of the Future and Physics of the Impossible ready and Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos is on the way.

Nice to have the concepts explained at such a level that I can understand them - so far! ;-)

Ene 14, 2012, 10:04pm

As GK (mr Keillor, MN) has called it, "let's just say our extremely late 40's"

Ene 22, 2012, 9:50pm

I have decided to clear 12 books off of my TBR pile BEFORE I will permit myself to get another book, even a free one! I have chosen and moved to the top:
1. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister READ
2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle READING
3. Shorter Novels of the 18th Century from Everyman's Library This actually contains 3 novels I've never heard of,
two by authors I've never heard of and one by Samuel Johnson. Got this book for a nickel...published 1930, works
earlier than that
4. Italy out of Hand; A Capricious Tour by Barbara Hodgson
5. Notorious by Janet Dailey Not really my cup of tea...given to me by a friend, western type romance
6. Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade a 50's Cold War
7. The Cat Who said Cheese by Lillian Jackson Braun a cat sleuth?
8. Mirage by Soheir khashoggi A woman's face has been altered...says it's a modern day Scherzade
9. Dreamers by Angela Elwell Hunt A slave girl in Potiphars house
10. 11-22-63 by Stephen King can't wait to read this one!
11. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot have had this one for 10 years........
12. Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North by Jennifer Weber

More than half will be easy I think I will finish in a couple of months.........already on book 2 and almost finished and it's only January!

Ene 23, 2012, 11:43am

I'm participating in Orange January - reading books that have been up for the Orange Prize, and 12in12 Challenge - attempting to read 12 books in 12 categories in 12 months. Not sure if I'll make it as I've already gotten backed up thanks to some problems with the steam heating system in the complex I live in, plus a book choice that took to long to read, but to be fair, it was more the problems than anything else. Being cold and mopping up water are not conducive to reading or sleep! So far 3 days using the oven for heat. Tired of that and ready to get back to normal!

Feb 19, 2012, 11:54am

Completed # 1,2,10 (see post 18)! Started on #12, but it is slow going. Will add another to the mix!

Feb 19, 2012, 1:27pm

tess_i_am48 - I loved 11/22/63 and hope you do too!

This year I plan to read as I always do - whatever interests me at the moment, with the major emphasis on non-cozy mysteries. I tried the 8 books in 8, 9 books in 9, and 10 books in 10 categories but felt too restricted, so gave up in '11 and didn't even think about it in '12. I find myself self-destructing if I have to structure what I want to read.

Last year I got caught up on all the following series:

Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone
Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler
Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge
J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas
Lee Child's Jack Reacher
Louise Penny's Armand Gamache

I also read Stephen King, Dorothy Sayers, books for bookclub, etc. I read over 125 books last year. This year I'd like to read more non-fiction, but it just depends on what catchs my eye. I've recently discovered Minette Walters and have read one and am finishing a second. Room by Emma Donoghue is on taps for our March Bookclub meeting. Other than that, any book tagged 'tbr' in my stacks is fair game, plus all the books I can't resist at the thrift store and newest in any series I'm following.

Feb 19, 2012, 7:09pm

Karenmarie...I liked it till about the 90% mark....and then it seemed as if dashed away in an entirely different direction....not slow and methodical as before; like a hurried finish.

Feb 19, 2012, 8:21pm

yep... me too. I am a mood reader as much as possible.
The only time I read something I am not in the mood for is
if it is an LTER that makes me wonder what I was thinking when I requested
it.. or a Vine book.. that makes me wonder if I am a secret drinker or something.
Most times they are good... I have been reading more fluff in the past year..
Who knows what this year will bring? So far fluff is still playing a big roll :)