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Goal Setting: 2009 Reading List

Saturday, January 10, 2009

As you’ll notice, this list is much longer than last year’s, but you’ll see that instead of setting them all as absolute goals, about half are books that I will get around to as time allows, while the other half are those that I will make a concerted effort to read before the year is over.

Currently Reading
The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Novels to Read while Writing Ransome’s Crossing:
Persuasion (Norton Critical Edition) by Jane Austen (re-read, including all of the critical texts)
By a Lady by Amanda Elyot
Lieutenant Hornblower by C.S. Forrester
Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian
or The Far Side of the World by Patrick O’Brian
Sword of Honour by Alexander Kent
False Colours by Georgette Heyer

Classics I Will Finally Read in 2009:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Writing-Craft Books for 2009 WPWT Writing Series:
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty
Plot by Ansen Dibell
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman
Conflict, Action, and Suspense by William Noble

Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life by Alicia Rasley
Mastering Point of View by Sherri Szeman

Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys of Fiction by Jessica Morrell
The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict by Pamela Jaye Smith

(There will be more series than this, but these are the ones I’m already planning.)

Research Books I’ll Need to Read/Re-Read in 2009:
Men-Of-War: Life in Nelson’s Navy by Patrick O’Brian
Patrick O’Brian’s Navy by Richard O’Neill
Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian by Dean King and John B. Hattendorf
Jane Austen and the Navy by Brian Southam
Life Before the Mast by Jon E. Lewis
Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye
A Sea of Words by Dean King, John B. Hattendorf, and J. Worth Estes
A History of Pirates by Nigel Cawthorne
Men o’ War: The Illustrated Story of Life in Nelson’s Navy by Peter Goodwin

Novels Already on My Shelves to Be Read in 2009:
Fireworks by Elizabeth White
Symphony of Secrets by Sharon Hinck
Unbridled Dreams by Stephanie Grace Whitson
A Lady of Secret Devotion by Tracie Peterson

Novels I’ll Try to Get To in 2009:
A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Turning the Paige by Laura Jensen Walker
The Red Siren by M. L. Tyndall
Wind of the Spirit by J.M. Hochstetler
Daniel’s Den by Brandt Dodson
Before the Season Ends by Linore Burkard
American Anthem by B.J. Hoff
Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler
From a Distance by Tamera Alexander
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Shade by John Olson
The Senator’s Other Daughter (Belles of Lordsburg #1) by Stephen Bly
Try Dying (Ty Buchanan Series, Book 1) by James Scott Bell

ABA Novels of Interest I Might Get Around to in 2009
Primeval: The Lost Island by Paul Kearney
Her Warrior King (Harlequin Historical Series) by Michelle Willingham
The Legend by Kathleen Givens
The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham, Book 1) by Julia Quinn
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (Two Dukes of Wyndham, Book 2) by Julia Quinn

Writing-Craft Books I Should Read in 2009:
The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
Improve Your Romance Writing Skills by Geneviève Montcombroux

  1. Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:36 am

    Seriously, you don’t want to try to read Hero…I’ve got a nice essay of about six pages or so that sums up all of Campbell’s blathering nicely…leaves in just the genius parts. 😉 LOL!


  2. Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:50 am

    Ah, my reading list is slightly more simple:

    – Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus
    – A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

    And that’s about it. I’ve officially tried to start the latter three times in the past two years without succeeding, and I haven’t had the opportunity for the former yet.

    There’s no time for books! I have movies to watch.

    But if I ever get a copy, I will totally make time to read your book.


  3. Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:52 am

    Hmmm . . . you should have received a copy from the publishing house. Let me know if it hasn’t come by the end of next week and I’ll send you one.


  4. Saturday, January 17, 2009 2:01 am

    Late, but dittos on the faces book: take the essay/summary offer!

    Just got your book today– started reading in while my kids were watching Curious George and the timing was perfect: I could laugh and not be inundated with cries of *what*what*!? that I can’t answer on a 2- to 6-year-old level.


  5. Monday, January 19, 2009 1:01 am

    Kaye, have you read To Kill a Mockingbird before, or will this be the first time?


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