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Reading Goals for 2010

I don’t want to over-plan my reading for 2010, but I do want to give it a loose structure and maybe broaden my horizons a bit.  I also want to be practical about my reading, for instance the fact that I rarely have time to go to the library (erm, the public one, not the one I work at 5 days a week).  Anywho, with that in mind, my loosely-defined goals for 2010 are:

  • Read the books I bought for undergrad classes but didn’t have time to read then.  Seeing as how my two majors are topics I actually like (History and English and American Literature), I actually do want to read these old “assignments.”  Expect to see a bit of ancient literature, Chekhov, and noir.
  • Read a bit more nonfiction in areas I want to be more educated in, preferably science.  Seeing as how I work in a medical library, this should be pretty easy to pull off cheaply.
  • Utilize Swaptree to get rid of books I weeded from my collection at the end of the year and in turn get books I want to read.  Since I’m doing an exact 1:1 exchange, this should keep my book collection on the smaller side.
  • Courtesy of a challenge from @shaindelr over on Twitter who gasped about my not having read any poetry in 2009–read one book of poetry.  However, I’m not making any promises that it won’t be of the ancient variety.  😉
  • Finally, watching Japanese movies got me pretty into the stories their culture has to offer.  That along with seeing some graphic novels in friends’ houses made me want to give the genre an official shot, so I’ll be reading at least 3 graphic novels/manga in 2010.  I’m super-excited to read my first Battle Royale, which I wanted to read after seeing and loving the movie.
  1. January 5, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I really dislike poetry. I can recognize the meaning in it, but reading it for pleasure? No, thanks. I specifically did not take any poetry classes in my English major. LOL.

    I do like graphic novels though! There are so many great ones out there. I haven’t been as into manga just because the series seem so long and my library rarely has all of any given series.

    • January 5, 2010 at 7:21 am

      You made it through an English major at Brandeis without reading Paradise Lost? I read it 3 times, lol. See, I’m loose enough in my poetry definition that old epic poetry totally counts, and I actually like that stuff. I totally understand not wanting to read it for fun though.

      • January 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

        Oh, I did read Paradise Lost, but it was the only poetry in a class full of novels. =) I am okay with epic poetry that tells a story, it’s mostly the modern kind with all its obscure depth and meaning that I wouldn’t really read.

  2. January 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Meghan–Gosh I feel much better knowing you didn’t manage to escape reading Paradise Lost at Deis 🙂

    And I’m definitely planning on avoiding the esoteric modern poetry…..

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