What Am I Reading~2012/2013

I’m involving myself with so many blog theme (or meme) days that I’m not sure I can keep myself straight!  Oh, of course I can, so here we go with one that is close to my heart.


Sheila at Book Journey hosts this each week.  I’ve been reading it for quite a while and I’m not quite sure why I haven’t joined in until now.  But here I go and I like the idea very much.

Those of you who have been reading BCDC for a while know that I love books and I love to read.  I’m going to tell you about what I’m reading at the moment and my reading plan for 2013.

At the moment…

The Clothes On Their Backs

Found this at Goodwill…where else?!  😉  It has really pulled me in but sadly I haven’t had much time to read it since I started.  I have my work cut out for me because I want to have it finished today so that I can start fresh on Tuesday-New Year’s Day with my new plan for 2013.  I’m enjoying this book and I’m excited that this book when finished will bring me to 84 books read in 2013.  I know all of this because of being part of Goodreads which I enjoy.  If you’d like to see what my books for 2012 have been click here.  When I started the year, I had no idea I could reach that number, but it’s been a great year for reading and I’m excited to have accomplished this.

So on to my challenge for myself for reading in 2013.  My plan is to get around to reading some of “those” books that everyone should read-classics, other people’s favorites, that sort of thing.

I’m starting the year with…

Pride and Prejudice

The copy I have is actually part of a set that I had given to my Mom some years ago, four Jane Austen novels.  I’m going to try to get to all of them throughout the year, IF this plan works.  Not sure I’ll be able to stick with it, but we’ll see.

Just for fun, I’ve decided that my second book will be…

Death Comes to Pemberley

Found this at a library book sale and then realized that it was based on the characters in Pride and Prejudice.  This book is the reason I decided to challenge myself to the classics.  I thought that this book would probably make So much more sense to me if I had read P & P.  The list began.

I have other classics on the list…Anna Karenina…Dune (is that considered a classic?) and as I was just informed by my friend, Debbie, I really Must read Les Miserables.  That will take a real commitment so I think I’ll save that for a little later.

In truth, I have such a huge stack of books I won’t need to buy any new ones to keep me busy for the year.  Of course, I hope to be purchasing my Nook soon so that will be a whole new world.  I hear that I can get a lot of classics on there for free so that will be a plus too.

So there you have a rather cursory plan for my reading or 2013.   My reading plan always seems to be in a state of flux so we’ll see what happens.

Be sure to visit Book Journey if you have time to see what everyone is reading and I’ll bet you’ll find some other reading plans for the year, probably a lot more organized than mine! 😉  Regardless of whether I’m orderly or not, you can feel safe in knowing that I will keep Reading!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Be Safe and Enjoy!

20 responses to “What Am I Reading~2012/2013

  1. happy new year’s eve day, fran!! i hope you have a great final day of 2012.
    84?!!! you astound me with your reading, and congratulations on this fine accomplishment!!
    i LOVE how you are going to start off 2013 with a new novel, tomorrow. and i love your plan to include some classics. (many classics have movie versions, you could read then watch the film??!).
    i am reading ann patchett’s “state of wonder” and maeve binchy’s “circle of friends,” i would rate both *** to ***1/2 stars, right now.
    happy reading today!

    • The book I’m reading has slowed down, but I’m going to the dentist with Ele so I’ll have lots of waiting room time to finish up. I want to start fresh!! Happy New Year’s eve day! Oh, I love Ann Patchett. I think I’ve read all of hers except “State of Wonder.” Did them on audio actually when I was commuting. I’ll look forward to hearing what you think. Have a great day!

  2. I got a Kindle for Christmas and I’m loading it with library books which are free! I’m reading Plum Island by DeMille right now and just finished The Invisible Wall. Have a great new year!

  3. I like your plans for 2013. I have never read most of the classics of adult or children’s literature which might be considered strange for a school media specialist/librarian. I really love my Kindle and could read continually from the free offerings for it. I’m sure you will enjoy your Nook too. Happy reading and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I love to read too! I have been looking for a “book club” for some time. I am also on goodreads, but I haven’t kept up with it. Hope to change that in 2013! Thanks for the link to book journeys!

  5. What an ambitious list for the new year! The first few years of blogging I had a lot of goals and challenges I participated in, but last year I took it day by day and had a lot of fun (read review copies here and there, library books, books off my shelf). It was mostly spontaneous and I enjoyed that very much, so that’s what I’m going to go with again this year.

    Good luck with your classics reading! I think I might reread a sci-fi classic here soon – Fahrenheit 451 has been calling to me from my shelf recently.

    • Alyce, I’ve been wanting to re-read F451, too. I have so many books I’ve picked up here and there, I really should NOT limit myself to anything. It’s exciting to think about all the books in our future! Happy New Year, Alyce!

  6. Happy New Year’s, Fran! I love your reading plan. I have read Pride and Prejudice and you just reminded me that I have Death Comes to Pemberley, so I will probably join you in reading that in 2013!

    • Thanks, Zo! I’ve always heard that P.D James is good that’s why I picked up the book. Didn’t realize at first that it was based on Pride and Prejudice. That’s what started it! Glad you’ll be reading along! Happy New Year!

  7. therelentlessreader

    Ahh, P&P 🙂 The finest book ever written!

    A very happy 2013 to you and yours!!

  8. I found that I could get through more books by adding in audio to my reading. I don’t have anywhere near as much time to read anymore, but I listen to audio books when I run or do housework and it has really upped my total books read for the year. Happy reading and good luck with all of your plans for the new year. I am sure you are going to love your Nook!

    • Hi Jill! I found audio books when I was commuting 25 miles each way to work. It was a blessing when there was a traffic jam! Since I stopped working, I got away from audio, but when I get the Nook, I’ll be able to get audio books from the library (for Free!) and I can occupy myself with my sorting and packing projects while listening. Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting, please stop by again!

  9. Love this idea for a link-up! Argh, I already join in with so many, but on weeks where I don’t manage to hit MMAZ? I definitely will keep this in mind. And hmm, can’t say I loved P&P, or even much liked it at all, but Dune? Totally a classic. And then you can round out the experience by watching SciFi (SyFy, whatever)’s miniseries version, so good!

    • I figured P&P was a place to start. I’ve been thinking about it since seeing “You’ve Got Mail” where Meg Ryan’s character talks about it all the time. It’s ok so far, just drives me crazy when an author uses 3 or 4 different names for the same character! You’re my second recommendation for Dune. Have to go find the assigned box and did it out!!

  10. I am starting 2013 with Elizabeth Chadwick’s Shadows and Strongholds, I am glad I joined the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge so that I can read some of the books that I’ve had for far too long. When you get your Nook, yes, you will have a whole new world there! I have over 200 kindle books now that I have an iPad, and guess what? I still rarely read those. I hope to remedy that in 2013 as well! Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting my blog!

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