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message 1: by Kat (last edited Aug 08, 2009 11:59PM) (new)

Kat (thatcrazykatlady) | 25 comments Hi, everyone.

My reading habits are pretty well-entrenched: I prefer non-fiction to fiction when it comes to leisure reading, I pick up re-reads far more than books I haven't yet read (which makes my tbr list cry), and I unintentionally neglect authors of colour unless I make a conscious effort not to. My goals for 2009 are to do the opposite of what I usually do, to shake up the old routine a bit. :) Also, I'd like to knock off 50 books this year. Crossing my fingers, but I'm a pretty slow reader!

Here's what I have of the year so far, not counting several Sweet Valley High nostalgia trips...

JANUARY
1. Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp
2. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

FEBRUARY
3. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
4. The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
5. The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
6. A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle

MARCH
7. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
8. An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

APRIL
9. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
10. The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
11. Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
12. Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor

MAY
13. Never Learn Anything from History by Kate Beaton
14. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

JUNE
15. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
16. The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
17. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
18. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
19. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury


FICTION 13/19
AUTHORS OF COLOUR 5/19
(Bad Kat! No biscuit!)
TBR PILE 19/19



message 2: by Kat (last edited Sep 20, 2009 08:22AM) (new)

Kat (thatcrazykatlady) | 25 comments JULY
20. Felicity Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp
21. Felicity's Surprise by Valerie Tripp
22. Happy Birthday, Felicity! by Valerie Tripp
23. Felicity Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp
24. Changes for Felicity by Valerie Tripp
25. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
26. Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
27. Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis
28. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken
29. Cyberspaces of Their Own: Female Fandoms Online by Rhiannon Bury
30. The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs by Stephen S. Ilardi


FICTION 18/30 (My attempts at choosing only fiction definitely dwindled around this month. I need to pick that back up again.)
AUTHORS OF COLOUR 6/30
TBR PILE 30/30



message 3: by Kat (last edited Oct 03, 2009 12:08AM) (new)

Kat (thatcrazykatlady) | 25 comments I started school last month, so I got very little read. Sigh. At least September has been better, but I'm not posting that yet, so... :)

AUGUST
31. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
32. Sweet Valley University #1: College Girls by Laurie John
33. Sweet Valley University #2: Love, Lies, and Jessica Wakefield by Laurie John
34. Sweet Valley University #3: What Your Parents Don't Know... by Laurie John
35. Sweet Valley University #4: Anything for Love by Laurie John
36. Sweet Valley University #5: A Married Woman by Laurie John


FICTION 24/36
AUTHORS OF COLOUR 6/36
TBR PILE 34/36
(I read the first two books in the SVU series many times when I was younger. So that breaks my streak!)


message 4: by Kat (last edited Oct 03, 2009 12:08AM) (new)

Kat (thatcrazykatlady) | 25 comments SEPTEMBER
37. Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley
38. Trumpet by Jackie Kay
39. Sweet Valley University #6: The Love of Her Life by Laurie John
40. Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
41. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


FICTION 28/41
AUTHORS OF COLOUR 9/41
(Marginally better this month! I feel very accomplished.)
TBR PILE 39/41


message 5: by Kat (new)

Kat (thatcrazykatlady) | 25 comments OCTOBER
42. The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn by Diane Ravich
43. Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen



FICTION 28/43 (Oops.)
AUTHORS OF COLOUR 10/43
TBR PILE 41/43



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Kat (thatcrazykatlady) | 25 comments NOVEMBER
44. Out of Sync by Lance Bass



FICTION 28/44
AUTHORS OF COLOUR 10/44
TBR PILE 42/44



message 7: by Kat (new)

Kat (thatcrazykatlady) | 25 comments I'm going ahead to add onto the list now, because I don't think I'm going to be reading any new books in the next three days. I'm pretty proud, because I BARELY made it to 50 books, which was one of my ultimate goals for the year.

DECEMBER
45. The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl by Belle de Jour
46. Dracula is a Pain in the Neck by Elizabeth Levy
47. Frankenstein Moved in on the Fourth Floor by Elizabeth Levy
48. The Suspect by L. R. Wright
49. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
50. And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi and Bruce Henderson



FICTION 32/50 (A good 3/5 of the books I read this year were fiction, which is really good for me. It's usually closer to half, or less than. I'm going to keep trying with this. There's still a very significant number of fiction titles on my shelves I have yet to read.)
AUTHORS OF COLOUR 10/50 (This is just sad, and something I'm going to work harder on next year.)
TBR PILE 46/50

Happy holidays!


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