A new year of writing and reading
Yesterday I posted my list of books read in 2006. Looking back, it was quite the literary year for me, the highlights being: attending a reading/lecture by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner; discovering Peter Hobbs’ The Short Day Dying, the absolute best book I read in 2006; publishing my third book, Courage and Conviction, as well as other minor bits elsewhere; and getting serious about lit blogging, leading to the development of my current website.
The new year holds a lot of promise, too. I’m still developing a list of goals for my four-month writing sabbatical (February through May), but one of them is certainly along the lines of Semicolon’s blogging resolutions #3 and #8, to spend more time at other lit blogs reading and commenting and generally building community. Of course, I also hope to get a lot of writing done!
To do that, I must be nourished by books. So, in no particular order, here is my preliminary TBR list for the coming months, definitely subject to change:
The Serpent on the Crown – Peters, Elizabeth
The Most of P G Wodehouse – Wodehouse, P.G.
On Writing – Welty, Eudora
The Sand Café – McFarquhar, Neil
Truck: A Love Story – Perry, Michael
Reading Like a Writer – Prose, Francine
Reading Lolita in Tehran – Nafisi, Azar
An Unquiet Mind – Jamison, Kay Redfield
The Lighthouse – James, P.D.
Red House – Messer, Sarah
My Brother’s Keeper – van Leewuen, Mary Stewart
The Rain from God – Ammerman, Mark
I Read it in the Wordless Book – Carter, Betty Smartt
Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity – Winner, Lauren
One Woman’s Army – Karpinksi, Janis
Total Abandon – Witherall, Gary
The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai – Tayman, John
Infamous Scribblers – Burns, Eric
Glittering Images – Howatch, Susan
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Hurston, Zora Neale
Sophie’s World – Gaarder, Jostein
Man in the Shadows – Halevy, Efraim
Me Talk Pretty One Day – Sedaris, David
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Haddon, Mark
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of 4 Meals – Pollan, Michael
Kristin Lavranstadder trilogy – Undset, Sigrid
Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance – Kneele, Matthew
Play It as It Lays – Didion, Joan
Mary – Newman, Janis Clarke
Finally Feminist – Stackhouse, John
Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America 1740-1845 – Brekus, Catherine A.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – See, Lisa
The Echo Maker – Powers, Richard
Inés of my Soul – Allende, Isabel
Wishing you a page-turning 2007!