52 book reviews in 52 weeks

I’ve never been big on new year’s resolutions. Until last year. On January 1, 2010 I resolved to get my finances in order, save a minimum of $5000, take a leave of absence from work, and volunteer my time & talents in Africa. I did it. I blogged about it, if you would like to know more.

So following that success, I have decided resolutions are good things. This year I made a few more. I wanted at least one to involve writing. I enjoyed blogging from Africa. I intended to continue blogging regularly, but once home, the posting slowed considerably. See, I never was much for journaling. Even in junior high, when pretty much all girls keep a diary, I tried, but found it more of a chore than a release. It’s not the kind of writing I enjoy. I want a project, and a deadline.

Another thing about me: I love to read. I’m rather obsessive about it. I read quickly. Very quickly. I can easily read a book in a day, provided I am interested enough. Sometimes, even if I am not. I just need to be bored in that case. I wrote a few book reviews in university, when I worked for the student newspaper, and always enjoyed the process.

And so, this blog is my new year’s resolution for 2011. I will read more. I will write more. Once a week, I will post a book review, for your reading pleasure, and my personal development. Breaking this down further, I will be posting reviews of books I read in the past, but I also resolve to read at least half the books I review this calendar year. So 26 books. At least two per month. Some of these have been pre-determined for me, as my book club meets monthly, and we selected a year’s worth of books in advance at our October meeting (allows time to add them to our Christmas wish lists). So you can look forward to reviews of the following:

  • Kiss the Joy as it Flies, Sheree Fitch
  • The Bishop’s Man, by Linden McIntyre
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Light Lifting by Alexander McLeod
  • Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  • What is Left The Daughter by Howard Norman
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • Good to a Fault by Merina Endicott
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  • Room by Emma Donoghue

Also, I want to start reading new books. Within a month or two of release. While the book club habit of pre-selecting books in great for budgeting and book sharing, it means I am busy reading other things and keep adding new books to the bottom of the priority list, not getting to them till the buzz has died down, or worse, until someone has already ruined them for me. This year I will stay on top of new releases, and try to post one “new” review each month.

Have suggestions for what I should read and review? Please send them my way. I’ll be looking for ideas.