Thursday, January 3, 2013


In this post: Booking Through Thursday and Thursday Thirteen

"Any reading resolutions for the new year? Reading more? (Reading less?) Reading better books? Bigger books? More series? More relaxing books? And hey, feel free to talk about any other resolutions you might have, too … or why you choose NOT to have any."
To try a few changes on my reading habit, I'm attempting a reading challenge this year for the first time ever.  I need to control leisure reading.  It's why papers (upgrading stuff) I work on suffer a drag, and if I don't discipline myself I might as well say goodbye to PhD. There should be less 'talking back' to books this year. I react on margins as if I have all the time for that thus I don't get to read as many books as I wish in a year. Finally, I'll try NOT to buy books I'm not sure I'll read in their entirety.

The truth is I'm not actually keen on resolutions, even outside the reading life. So if I can't fulfill any this year I'll amuse myself with one draped on a mug, shared by Book Riot on FB - New Year's resolution? Curse like Shakespeare and rhyme like Dr Seuss.

Thursday 13: Books I'm lining up for the JUST FOR FUN READING CHALLENGE 2013

1. Blandings Castle by P.G. Wodehouse
2. Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
3. Assassination: political murder through the ages by Xavier Waterkeyn
4. Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
5. The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
6. Pelican Brief by John Grisham
7. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
8. Honour Among Thieves by Jeffrey Archer
9. Timeline by Michael Chrighton
10. Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
11. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
12. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
13. Pure and Untouched by Barbara Cartland


  1. I am trying to be more relaxed in my reading schedule this year. I am also going to read the books on my bookshelves that have been waiting to be read for a few years now. Happy Reading in 2013.

  2. Great list, Hazel. You can't ever go wrong with Ernest Hemingway. He's one of my favorite authors. Happy New Year!

  3. I love when people share their book lists - it always spurs me to find new reads/old favorites to enjoy!

    Happy TT!

  4. I love your book list! What fun!

    I want to enjoy my reading more, too, and find a balance. So here's

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    1. Sorry about the "double comment" - I've deleted the second one. Eeep!

  6. I adore L. M. Montgomery! I should go back and read all of the Annie books, they are wonderful. Great list. I have discovered as I age that I read less mostly because of my eyesight. It has been a bitter lesson to find that my progressive lenses are not as conducive to reading as I might like.

  7. Luck with your reading list.

  8. I'm doing more enjoyment reading and less obligatory reviews/tours.
    2 Kids and Tired Books BTT

  9. Sounds like you have your goals all set up :)

  10. I love how varied your list is, and hope you enjoy them all!

  11. Thanks for the reading ideas! Like Gigi, I'm going to try reading the books I have already before buying new ones. We'll see how that goes. My New Years goals are all over the place this year but the big ones relate to work-



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