Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Looking ahead -- a 2010 reading goal

I like to make lists and goals and books are not immune to this liking of mine. I am always wanting to branch out and try new things and books are an area where I really need to think and research when I am trying to branch out. I am someone who if they are interested in an author or series will read the entire thing as fast as possible and then need to find something else to help my 'fix.' I have an addictive personality, what can I say? :)

I have started to think about 2010 and what kind of goals I want to make reading wise. The last two years I have had the goal of reading 100 books. Which I know is doable, but work, the Internet, and reading more classics have come between me and reaching that goal. Last year, I also decided to an A-Z challenge, where you read 26 books starting with a different alphabet letter and 26 books by authors whose name begins with the different alphabet letters. Needless to say, I will not be realizing that goal this year unless I read a book a day pretty much between now and December 31st. I am okay with that because I have read a lot of different books this year, which was my main goal. I will also challenge myself to the A-Z challenge for 2010.

MOVING ON.. THE REAL reason for this blog post (yes I sidetrack easily).. My personal challenge to myself is to read books that have been made into movies that I want to see, but that I have wanted to read the book first. I am one of those people who ALWAYS wants to read the book first and THEN watch the movie. If I happen to know it is a book. However, sometimes I just want to watch the movie and sometimes I read the book and DO NOT want to watch it..

So here is a starting point of books that I want to read in 2010, and then watch the movie:

Gone With the Wind
Sense & Sensibility
Great Expectations
The Bridges of Madison County
The Cider House Rules
High Fidelity
The Scarlet Letter
The Jane Austen Book Club
Because of Winn-Dixie
White Oleander
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader

Anyone else want to take on this challenge? What books/movies do you want to read/watch in 2010?


Amber said...

I like to read the book first too! That's part of the reason Twilight was ruined for me, I saw the stupid movie first.

I also want to read more classics. I think once I'm done school I will have more time to read because I get LOTS of reading done in the summer when I'm only working full-time, not going to school and working :)

Anais said...

Such a good idea!!!!

I've seen the Jane Austen Book Club and it's one of my favorite movies, I love it so much! I should definitely read the book ;)

Anais said...

Oh, and actually though... I prefer seeing movies first. Because the book will almost never disappoint me and it's different enough that I don't mind reading a story that I already know. But the other way around... I end up finding the movies super disappointing...

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Atonement...definitely a great book to have on your to read list. And White Oleander is also a great book; far better than the movie, in my opinion. Another good one is Love in the Time of Cholera...

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I've started to read Atonement and then I got antsy and flipped through the book, got pissed of at Briony and haven't been able to finish it.. I am hoping 2010 is the year.. :)

Leigh Hutchens Burch said...

I'm still working on my "want to read" list for the upcoming year, but I just wanted to give a shout out for White Oleander... love, love, loved that book!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I loved The Reader and have the movie from Netflix so will probably watch it this week. I also like to read the book before watching the movie!

And I loved The Jane Austen Book Club. Great flick.

Anonymous said...

I prefer to read the book first too. I have 5-10 movies on my DVR that have been there awhile, waiting for me to get to reading! Good list and goal :)
I actually completed the A-Z hallenge this year and look forward to it again in 2010.