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14 March 2014

What I've been reading lately

Just look at these beauties....

There's just something so pleasing about paperback boxed sets, isn't there?

I might have spent my Christmas gift certificates all at once. No shame.

Reviews to come.

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I read A LOT. Way more than I could possibly hope to review properly. But I do give it my best shot. And I keep track of it all at Goodreads (see: widget displaying my current reads in the sidebar to the right).

Last year I set a goal of 70 books; I ended up reading a total of 88. Some people read more, some less. It isn't a competition, only a personal challenge.

This year my goal is 80. Yes, that's less than my total for last year. However, I intend to try some larger/more brain-intense books this year, plus a bit of re-reading. My sweet in-laws got me the new Harry Potter paperback boxed set with new cover art by Kazu Kibuishi and you bet I started in on that re-read right away (not least due to a need for some "comfort" reading after a particularly shocking couple of months at the library... which is a story for another day).

I'm thinking of joining the Classics Club, which is a group of people who've all decided to read 50+ classic books in 5 years or less. 10ish classic books per year doesn't sound too bad. I've already started on a list of potentials, but defining "classic" is a bit of a challenge. What counts as classic when your preferred genres are less than a century old and didn't even really take off until like 50 years ago?

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