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Posted on Monday 10 January 2000 at 2:02 pm

Goals: Fun Time: Reading

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Date Created: 27 January 2009

Date Last Updated: 26 March 2009

Long Term Goal: Expand the kinds of things I read for fun. I read plenty, but I want to try a greater variety of things.

Immediate Action Plan: Most of what I read is general speculative fic and young adult. In speculative fic, the emphasis is on epic fantasy, basic soft science fiction, and alternate history. In young adult, the emphasis is on stuff similar to the adult speculative fic and the subgenre that could best be described as overthrowing/undermining dystopian societies. In order to expand the types of things I read, I've made a list of ten categories of things not my norm but that would still interest me (i.e. no romance or poetry categories). My goal is to read five books for each category in 2009, but I'll accept three from each category as success. Spec fic and YA books that are things I consider to be my norm will only count in the recommendations, classics, short story collections and graphic novels categories.

Progress Updates:
26 March 2009: Added Time Traveler's Wife to Recced by a Friend, Magic Door to Generic Rec, Ten-Cent Plague, Comic Book Nation, Foul Play, and From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes to Non-fic, A Confederacy of Dunces and The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing to general fic, Scaramouche to historical fic, One Night Stands and Lost Weekends to Short Stories, and Maus Vol. 1 and 2 to graphic novels (can it be a graphic novel if it is non-fic?).

1 March 2009: Added Fragile Things to short stories and Diamond Age to Spec Fic subgenres (cyberpunk). I haven't been reading much at all lately due to bronchitis and a recent resurgence in my love of Hogan's Heroes.

27 January 2009: I'd been thinking about this for a while and have already started trying to read other things so I've added the books that I've read thus far in 2009 that fit in some of these categories.

The Categories and Books - 18/50:
Personal Recommendations (to me by a friend) - 1/5
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger - 10 March 2009 (Recced by many, most vociferously mrstater)
Generic Recommendations (read about in a magazine, in a newspaper, on a blog, etc.) - 1/5
The Magic Door, Howard Fast - 3 March 2009 (Read about in Book Lust, Nancy Pearl
Classic (loosely defined as more than 100 years old) - 1/5
The Old Curiosity Shop, Charles Dickens - begun in 2008 but finished 15 Jan 2009
Historical Fiction - 1/5
Scaramouche, Rafael Sabatini - 9 March 2009
Mystery/Thriller - 1/5
Tourist Season, Carl Hiaasen - 18 January 2009
Specific subgenres of Speculative Fic or Young Adult outside my norm - 1/5
The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson - February 2009
General Fiction - 2/5
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole - 5 March 2009
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Banks - 6 March 2009
Short Story Collections - 4/5
I Sing the Body Electric, Ray Bradbury - 24 January 2009
Quicker than the Eye, Ray Bradbury - 26 January 2009
Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman - February 2009
One Night Stands and Lost Weekends, Lawrence Block - 26 March 2009
Graphic Novels (or an entire multi-issue story arc in single issue comics - 2/5
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman - 23 March 2009
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, Art Spiegelman - 23 March 2009
Non-fiction not for work - 4/5
From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: The Autobiography of Robert Clary, Robert Clary - 5 March 2009
Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America, Bradford W. Wright - 20 March 2009
Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!, Grant Geissan - 18 March 2009
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, David Hajdu - 26 March 2009

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