Just to shake things up a bit, I decided to make some reading goals for myself for 2016. I know what I like and what I don't like to read, but I do like to travel outside my comfort zone sometimes because I've been pleasantly surprised at what I've found (Jane Austen IS readable!!!).
My standard 50 books goal still applies. Goodreads lets me track that now which is cool and most helpful. But I'm going to add some, let's call them addendums:
10% of this year's books must be classics:
Classics have broad terms so I'm mainly sticking to the 1,001 Books To Read Before You Die list. I've already knocked out Wuthering Heights this year so only 4 more to go.
10% of this year's books must be historical:
My definition is somewhat loose in that it can be an event, a person, a place. Biographies will count. Historical fiction - no matter how good - will not count. I started listening to Dead Wake and although it's about the sinking of the Lusitania, it's still fiction. Larson is an AMAZING writer who brings in a rich historical background. Still fiction. I'll write a separate post on why I choose history for this year.
Two (2) books must be re-reads:
Ah, this one is interesting and could actually plop itself in either of the above categories as well. My postal book club is already helping with this since The Handmaid's Tale is the book I received this quarter. I recall reading this back when I started college but it is due for a re-read. My other choice for a re-read this year is The Stand. I constantly say I want to revisit it since I read it in high school (all 1100+ pages) and have it out and accessible to pick up whenever. I usually re-read To Kill A Mockingbird every 5 years or so because I really do think that books change because your perspective has changed. We're supposed to be getting older and wiser and that should reflect how we view beloved books from our past. We shall see!
I'm also keeping some other lists handy to choose from including
David Bowie's Favorites
Carrie Brownstein's Favorites
And lastly, I'm hoping to read more from my 1,200+ books at home and picking from the library. We shall see how THAT works out.