Big Plans

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?



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9 responses to “Big Plans

  1. I’m looking forward to finally reading some ‘real’ Dutch literature (Harry Mulisch, Hella Haasse). In addition I plan to read Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman, one of my mother’s favourite children books.

  2. Greg

    So many good things coming out or recently out, it’s hard to make a decision. Alexander McCall Smith’s “Unusual Uses for Olive Oil” looks really good. On the other hand, Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” was recommended to me by someone whose opinion I respect. Then there’s the new Tim Dorsey book, and a new Dave Barry novel…

    It’s shaping up to be a banner year for great reads.

  3. I’m a big fan of series novels, so I’m looking forwarrd to reading the “Matched” series by Ally Condle. I’m also a huge John Green fan (The Fault In Our Stars Being my favorite book of 2012), so IIIIi’m excited to read “Looking for Alaska”. I’ve been thinking about delving into the classics, so I’m going to attempt to conquer “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. Of course its a given that anything by Janet Evanovich will top my list (her books usually come out in November). I’m always looking for new series books. I might even re-read the Twlight Saga now that the movies have all come out, re-ading the Saga as it was originally intended would be refreshing. Anyone with good series idea suggestion would be welcome. I’m open to suggestions. FYI….I’ve read the “Pretties”, the “Shiver” and the “Hunger Games” series.

  4. lizzy

    I admit I learned a lot of Roman history from a fiction ‘detective’ series called SPQR by John Maddox Roberts. His research shows and the characters are fun…plus you learn a lot more about ‘daily’ Roman life!
    Blake is tough! I took a whole course on his works in college…

  5. Beth

    Hi Irene,
    I’ve made pretty big plans for my reading this year. For 2013, I challenged myself to a year of reading books from only the Huntingdon County Library in Pennsylvania. To keep myself accountable, I’m blogging about it, too. If you have any interest, you can find it at this link:

  6. Thanks for the heads up about the David Sedaris, is April an American release or a worldwide one?

  7. jenhelene77

    Oh I am with you on those last two!!!!! And thanks to you now looking into the first, thank you!

  8. There are some great new titles in several historical romance series I’m reading coming out in 2013 including: Shana Galen’s Jewels of the Ton (If You Give a Rake a Ruby), Sarah MacLean’s The First Rule of Scoundrels (One Good Earl Deserves A Lover), and Maggie Robinson’s The London List (Captain Duran’ts Countess).

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