Back in January, my sister-in-law, Kalyn, and my husband both decided to set a goal of reading at least 20 books from at least 20 different categories in 2013. At the time, I was content with setting my Goodreads goal at 60 books and leaving my reading resolution at that. On a recent visit, however, she and John got to talking about Pulitzers, and I made an on-the-spot decision to read a Pulitzer in 2013, as well. The more I thought about it in the days that followed, the more I felt pulled to make my reading goal for the year more definitive.
After spending WAY too much time on it, my list is below. I settled on 22 categories total, most of which mimic Kalyn and John’s, but I did make a few alterations to suit my tastes. For example, I nixed their vampire category (some things I just cannot do).
1. Theology – I’ve been wanting to read a Richard Beck book for a while.
2. Pulitzer Prize Winner – The Road, Gilead, Olive Kitteridge, Breathing Lessons, and Lonesome Dove are among the most interesting to me.
3. Mystery – In honor of my father-in-law, I want to give Agatha Christie a try.
4. Thriller – This will probably be a spy novel.
5. Trashy Romance – Done! I am going to count Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–a Love Story as my book for this category. While not explicit, there was a lot of wishful lustin’ going on in that one.
6. Carnegie Winner – I’ve already reread Watership Down this year, but I am going to try to fit in a Carnegie that is entirely new to me, as well.
7. Newbery Winner – Since I am trying to read every Newbery winner out there, I will read more than one of these this year, I feel certain. I have The Twenty-One Balloons currently in progress.
8. A book that has or is being made into a movie – TBD
9. A Collection of Poetry – I am counting on my husband to steer me to a good one here.
10. A Play – Kalyn and John specified Shakespeare, but I am going to leave mine more open-ended.
11. A Popular History – TBD
12. Biography – Done! Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child was one of the first books I read this year.
13. Memoir – TBD
14. Comedy – TBD
15. British Classic – TBD
16. A Barbara Kingsolver – This is my pic for the category of author-I’ve-wanted-to-read-but-never-have. Kalyn’s reading Agatha Christie and John is taking on Sir Walter Scott.
17. Young Adult Lit – TBD
18. The New Testament in Modern English – Kalyn is tackling the entire Bible, but I’ve decided to reread The New Testament in a translation new to me.
19. SciFi or Fantasy – TBD
20. Graphic Novel – TBD
21. Current Bestseller – TBD
22. Historical Fiction – TBD