I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and New Year’s celebrations. I had a nice quiet weekend that involved quite a bit of reading and a lot of sleeping. I finished Dark Moon of Avalon on Friday, and I’ve been reading What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn as my first book of the year.

The last few days have been pretty good days as far as bookish-ness goes. I was the happy recipient of $130.00 in Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas, so on Thursday I went shopping and in ten minutes managed to pick out four books I couldn’t live without: The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore, Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I am super excited to read all of them.

And in another bit of bookish wonderfulness, my parents got tired of listening to me whine about wanting more bookcases, so my dad bought me a nice two-shelf bookcase to stick in my living room. He came over last night to set it up, and it’s lovely. It was a lot of fun to go through my books and see which ones I wanted displayed in the living room. Lots of classics and literary fiction I’ve yet to read (I think I’ve read maybe 10 of the 100+ books I moved out there last night).

I mentioned before that I didn’t really have concrete plans for 2011 beyond trying to read off of my shelves and using money that would be spent on buying books to give back to some charities near and dear to my heart. Well, of course, the plan is to read more, but I’ve also come up with 12 books I will read this year, even if it kills me:

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  6. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  7. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  8. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  11. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  12. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I’ve said in the past that I don’t like to name books that I want to read in a year because I *always* fail at it, but I feel like this is a good combination of longer and shorter books, and I should be able to easily read all of them. Plus, I really want to be held accountable.

Anyone else have any books they *must* read in 2011?

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