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2017 Reading Plans

“Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

I love that quote!

via Modern Mrs. Darcy
via Modern Mrs. Darcy

I’m joining Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge in 2017, and planning is half the fun! I’m sure the titles will change as I go, but here’s a rough idea of what I plan to read. She also has a “Reading for Growth” option but I like the idea of adding more fun to my reading life.

via Modern Mrs. Darcy
via Modern Mrs. Darcy

A book you chose for the cover:
I’ll leave this one up to fate… I’ll know it when I see it!

A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able:
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

I’ve never heard of this one, but I’m taking MMD’s word for it! If a big thriller comes along this summer, that might take precedence.

A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit:
In the Woods by Tana French

I have this book checked out from the library now, and it takes place in Ireland… I would dearly love to visit some day! (But hopefully not in grisly circumstances like this murder mystery)

A book you’ve already read: 

Something by Jane Austen. I’ve been meaning to re-read one of the novels annotated by David Shapard after loving his editions of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Maybe Emma is next?

A juicy memoir:
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything In Between) by Lauren Graham
OR You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
OR The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I’ve heard good things about all of these memoirs… and I love a strong female comedian!


A book about books or reading:
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

I listened to a podcast about the eccentric circumstances behind the making of the first Oxford Dictionary and then recently heard about this book… sounds like a good one!

A book in a genre you usually avoid:
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

It’s not that I avoid Science Fiction, but it’s not normally a go-to genre for me. But my friend Sarah gifted me the entire trilogy and said it had the best world-building… so I’ll give it a go! (This one would also count for the “Recommended by someone with great taste” category!)

A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Have I missed the boat on this one? I’m intrigued but also not sure if I have the fortitude to purge my entire house, so I’ve been putting this one off… but I’m still dying to know what all the fuss is about!

A book in the backlist of a new favorite author:
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot is by far my favorite of the six other Moriarty novels I’ve read, so I don’t expect this one to top it, but this is the last one I haven’t gotten to yet.

A book recommended by someone with great taste:
I’ll have to ask around for this one!

A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet:
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

I was so excited to pick up a stack of books from a visit to McKay Used Books this past summer, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading a single one! This would be a good one to start with.

A book about a topic or subject you already love:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I love a good WWII novel, and I’ve heard so many people say they love this one. (This one would also work for the “Book you chose for the cover” category – so gorgeous!)

I’m looking forward to a little bit of structure this upcoming year… when I need to choose something to read next, now I have a game plan!


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