It's the most wonderful time of the year!
OK, no it's not, technically, I believe that Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. However, there is something amazing about January 1st, and a whole new list of books that are just dying to be read and cataloged as new year reads.
I slacked off a bit last year, with my annual 50 book challenge. If you count rereads (Harry Potter, Faye Kellerman's series, the Little House on the Prairie books, a couple of more rereads of The Eight), I probably came rather close, but my typical goal is 50 *new* books per year, not 50 books I've already read to the point where I can recite parts of them by heart. I also completely forgot to list the ones I did read on Goodreads, which has me as only reading about 30 books last year. I know I read others as there is a pile by my bed, I just need to figure out which ones.
So in that spirit, I'm starting my 2011 reading-list with books I already own or received for Christmas, before buying anything new:
1. Cross Fire by James Patterson
2. Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
3. Decision Points by George W. Bush
4. Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope by Jenna Bush
5. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
6. World Without End by Ken Follett
7. Swim to Me by Betsy Carter
8. The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
9. The Last Secret of the Temple by Paul Sussman
10. Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
11. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
12. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Hopefully, this is the first 12 of 50, then just 38 more after that (suggestions always welcome).