At the start of each new year, like most people, I tend to make Big Plans. Because I’m a big reader, those plans often involve books. Last year I resolved to keep a log of everything I read over the course of 2012 (didn’t happen). This year, I have a few specific books I’d like to read:
Daily Life in Ancient Rome: The People and the City at the Height of the Empire, by Jerome Carcopino: It struck me recently how little I know about history. I’ve never been one for memorizing dates and places and names, but I would like to know more about world history. I’ve always been much more intrigued by the ordinary people stuff of history rather than the big names, so this book looks like it should be perfect.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake: I was thinking of that line, “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” one day, and when I looked it up to find out what it was from, I discovered that it was one of the Proverbs of Hell from this work. I love Blake, and I’m a little surprised that I’ve never read this book before. Hopefully I’ll remedy that this year.
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris: Just in case you thought my last two books were a little too highbrow… I’m looking forward to the release of the newest Sookie Stackhouse book in May. Even though I’ve been increasingly disappointed with the direction of the series, I’m too far in not to read this one (the moment it hits the shelves).
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris: Another release I can’t wait for! Sadly, this won’t come out until April, but Sedaris is worth waiting for. I’m not sure I’ve read another author who can so reliably make me collapse into giggles. I’ll try and content myself with a few of his other books while I wait for this one.
What are you excited about reading in 2013?