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January 3rd, 2013

Goals for 2013

This year, I decided that I'm not going to set a lot of sub-goals beyond reading at least 50 books -- I'm just going to enjoy reading for pleasure. I imagine I'll continue to read about a third or more non-fiction and will make some efforts to read diversely, but I'm not going to quantify those goals; I'll just see what happens. However, last year, the one goal I fell down on was reading several books by GLBT authors, so this year, I'm going to make a special effort to read some queer lit, either fiction or non-fiction/theory/analysis.

First books of 2013

  1. Silent Night: A Lady Julia Christmas Novella by Deanna Raybourn

In this Christmas-themed novella, Lady Julia and Brisbane head off to March Abbey directly after their latest adventure in The Dark Enquiry.  This adventure is more light-hearted than most their excursions, but it doesn’t make it any less satisfying. The lack of a murder leaves more time to explore the intricacies of the Brisbane’s married life as well as seeing more of the March clan in action. It’s a fun read and a perfect tide-me-over until the next Lady Julia novel appears in 2013.

  1. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

This falls under the category of “read more literary works this year.” I’ll shamefully admit this is my first-ever Wilde read, but I assure you I’ll be reading more of his works this year. This play was hilarious and personally, I think it has held up well these past 118 years. I had no difficulty quickly falling into it – the play format wasn’t distracting at all. What I loved most was the acerbic wit laced throughout almost every piece of dialogue. Wilde’s biting sarcasm and jabs at human nature ring true today. I loved it!

  1. Dangerous by Amanda Quick

This is one of those “I can’t fall asleep at 1 a.m., so let’s see what’s on my iPhone Kindle App” reads. Turns out, this book was! Of course, this is a re-read for me. It’s one of Quick’s older books, and definitely one of my favorites. I can see this is where she started dabbling in the paranormal aspects of her books. Anyhow, this book is classic quick – her Original Spinster, a brooding earl with a family in need of repair and a curious mystery to be solved. I think Prudence Merryweather is one of my favorites of all her heroines, falling only behind Lavinia Lake.

Book completed: 3/50

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