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2008 Reading Goals Update 2

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Now that we’re almost six months into 2008, I thought I would begin updating my goals. And I’ll start with the list that has completely stalled out since my last update in February.

CBA Fiction
1. Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen—Purchased 2/9/08, but I still haven’t read it.
2. Sisters, Ink (Scrapbooker’s Series #1) by Rebeca Seitz—Purchased 2/9/08, but I still haven’t read it.
3. Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck
4. My Name Is Russell Fink by Michael Snyder—Purchased 2/14/08, but I still haven’t read it.
5. Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh (doesn’t release until later this summer)
6. For Better or For Worse by Diann Hunt—Read this in February. My review can be found here.
I purchased Linda Windsor’s Wedding Bell Blues on 2/9/08. I began reading it last week, and hope to be able to get back to it this weekend. I’m also wanting to read The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter, but will wait until after my birthday before ordering it.

ABA Fiction
1. Finish reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Finished FOTR before Christmas. Finished TTT in Jan. ’08. Finished reading ROTK in Feb. ’08.
2. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean KoontzRead my review here
3. Fire Study (Study, Book 3) by Maria V. Snyder (I received this book March 1; I have not read it yet.)
4. To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker (YA)
5. Last One In by Nicholas Kulish Shadow Music by Julie Garwood—Finished reading it 2/7/08. Read my review here.
6. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Since I last updated this list, I have picked up several other ABA novels that I’ve read while doing the series on writing the romance novel, all of which I read many years ago when they were new. I’ve read Honor’s Splendor, The Wedding, and The Bride by Julie Garwood; Rosehaven by Catherine Coulter; and The Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux.

Non-Fiction—have not started on any of these yet.
1. Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers by James Bonnet
2. Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot by Peter Dunne
3. Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations by Sue Parrill
4. Teaching Creative Writing, Graeme Harper (Ed.)
5. Jane Austen and the Interplay of Character by Ivor Morris
6. The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain by Alice Weaver Flaherty

Though I haven’t read any of those (I have at least purchased Emotional Structure), I have read Scene and Structure (Jack Bickham) and How to Grow a Novel (Sol Stein), as well as Writing the Christian Romance (Gail Gaymer Martin), most of Dangerous Men, Adventurous Women (Ed. Jayne Ann Krentz), Writing the Romantic Comedy (Billy Mernit), and most of all of the books listed on the first Writing the Romance Novel post.

So how are you doing with your TBR pile(s) so far this year?

  1. Wednesday, May 28, 2008 4:30 pm

    I’ve been in a reading frenzy this year. That’s why I joined Shelfari–so I could keep track. You have a great list! Sweet Caroline is one of my favorites this year–I laughed, I cried. And the cover of Lady of Milkweed Manor is absolutely GORGEOUS!


  2. Wednesday, May 28, 2008 7:00 pm

    My TBR pile is manageable this week, but new CFBA books ship soon and I ordered a boatload of those, so I’ll be a busy girl.

    I’ve completed and exceeded my goals for 2008 as far as reading writing craft books. Right now that is on hiatus while I write the next ms. I can’t read craft books while I’m writing…it throws me out of my groove. 🙂

    and I love my little purple cyclops guy that posts by my name.


  3. Carol Collett permalink
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008 9:40 pm

    Currently reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and On Writing Horror, edited by Mort Castle.
    TBR soon: King’s Duma Key, Gaiman’s Stardust, Frankenstein.
    We’ll have to see what comes after that.
    I do want to spend a lot of the second half of the year working through some classic horror. I also have several writing craft books I need to crack.
    Okay, back to the Celtics whuppin’ up on the Pistons.


  4. greyfort permalink
    Thursday, May 29, 2008 7:41 am

    A while back I bought a whole bunch of books – but then I’ve started reviewing – so they went on the backburner. Oh well, I am reading, just not the ones I started out to read 🙂


  5. Thursday, May 29, 2008 7:44 am

    Btw, greyfort is me – I don’t know how I got logged in as my alias, but I did.


  6. Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:09 am

    Reading my way through Anne Perry’s two Victorian mystery series (Monk, and the Charolotte/Thomas Pitt series).

    A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini (audio version).

    Started reading Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn last night. Great hook in the opening sentences.

    Just found out there are two new books from Alexander McCall Smith (a Mma Ramotswe and an Isabel Dalhousie). Plan to add those to my pile, in audio form if possible.


  7. Friday, May 30, 2008 9:58 am

    Um…DON’T order The Convenient Groom. I’m just sayin’…


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