My overall challenge for 2012 is to read 75 books. Although I exceeded 100 in 2011, it was at the cost of various diversions such as short stories and magazines, and a lot of radio shows. So I'm reducing the number to allow for these various peccadilloes.
Within the 75, I have named a number of books I want to read (for various reasons - see below), and on top of this I will be attempting to read at least 6 of the Mobileread Book Club challenges (including the Romance choice, just to force me to read from a genre wild horses would not normally drag me to, and the Classics, which are woefully missing from my named list). I also want to clear my bedside table draw of a few lingering dead tree books, which have been appended to my list below.
So in summary:
Read 6 from the MR Book Club choices (Achieved 6 of 6)
Read all of the 30 named books on my list (18 down, 12 to go)
Read 75 books in total (65 down, 10 to go)
- Stephen King (been listening to this since November 2011, and should finish it by the end of January, I hope). - Read
- Masuji Ibuse (January 2012 MR Book Club choice). - Read
- Iain M. Banks (first eBook I bought after acquiring my Kindle. Must get round to finally reading it).
- Sophocles (my first born was named after this Greek tragic heroine, so I ought to get round to reading the play). - Read.
- Barry Eisler (recommended by an MR member - can't remember who). - Read
Survival Of The Fittest
- Jonathan Kellerman (I think I missed this one somehow, so need to catch up as I've read all the other Alex Delaware books). - Read
The New York Trilogy
- Paul Auster (have wanted to read this for a while).
(books I and II) - Haruki Murakami (2011 MR Book Choice that I haven't yet caught up on).
- Doris Lessing (Desertblues has convinced me to give Lessing a try).
- John Updike (just feel like I should read an Updike, and the Rabbit series (#3) is in the 1001 must read books list).
In Cold Blood
- Truman Capote (a classic of its genre). - Read
- James Lee Burke (will keep going with the Dave Robicheaux series, having started it in 2011).
Nightmare in Pink
- John D. MacDonald (I enjoyed the first in the series, so will carry this on for a while and see where it goes).
- Stephen Hunter (have read all the swagger books - no reason to stop now
) - Read
- Robert R. McCammon (audiobook. I loved "Boys Life" and "Fevre Dream", and have promised myself that I would return to this author). Read/Listened to
- Robert R. McCammon (audiobook). Read/Listened to
- Robert Goddard (audiobook. I have read all of his books to date, apart from this one). - Read/listened to
- Jim Butcher (wasn't that impressed with the first in the Dresden series, but as people say it improves I'll give #2 & #3 a go, and then decide whether to complete the series). - Read
- Jim Butcher (I'll decide after this one whether to carry on with the series).
- Neil Gaiman (seems to be a popular choice with MR readers). - Read
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby
- Ace Atkins (due for release in May 2012). - Read
The Cold Kiss
- John Rector (recommended by an MR member - can't remember who).
- Robert Crais (I'm a big fan of this series - due for release in January 2012). - Read
- Tom Bale (apparently if you like the Jack Reacher books, you'll like this - suckered in by marketing once again). Read/Listened to
Artists in Crime
- Ngaio Marsh (recommended by HarryT).
- David Gordon (suggested by Dr. Drib).
The Book With No Name
- Anonymous (DTB gift). - Read
- Michael Connelly (DTB).
All the Pretty Horses
- Cormac McCarthy (DTB which I've had for ever, and given my enjoyment of The Road and No Country for Old Men, one I really should read).
- Michael Morley (my first eBook library loan - will have to bump it up the list to read within 21 days
) - Read