I’m not one for resolutions as I find it most trying and difficult to stick to them. So there won’t be any reading resolutions for me in 2011. I do, however, have a number of reading projects that I want to start this year. Some may take a few months to complete, others may take a year or two to finish. I like these reading projects because invariably I have to put together a list for each one and I do like making and working my way through a list.
Here are the plans and possible reading projects for 2011:
- African literature will account for 40-60% of my reading. This year, I want to read more Southern African, francophone and lusophone books. I also want to find and read obscure and out-of-print books.
- European fiction, especially translated fiction by women writers. I also enjoy Eastern European fiction so I want to broaden my knowledge of the region’s literary traditions. I’m looking for books from Estonia, Albania and Belarus.
- Australian and New Zealand – This is going to be a two-year project. My knowledge of Aussie fiction is limited to Malouf and White. My interest in the region’s literature has increased greatly since discovering Aussie bloggers. I’m quite excited about this project.
- American literature – I want to concentrate on a select number of literary writers. I’m particularly keen on reading women writers that I have overlooked.
- Caribbean literature – I love Caribbean literature and, for many years, books from the region were a staple part of my reading. Not so these past couple of years. I want to rediscover island literature. Wondering what I’ve missed.
- The Classics – There are gaps in my knowledge of the classics that I want to fill.
- Experimental fiction – The idea here is to challenge myself with some “difficult” experimental fiction. I did a similar project years back and I discovered Italo Calvino, one of my favorite authors.
- Rereads of some of my favorite books.
- Short stories – I will continue with my 100 short stories/year project.
- Seconds, Thirds and Fourths – To read more books by authors that I’ve recently discovered. This list includes Hilary Mantel and Colm Toibin.
- Eassys – I read very little non-fiction. I want to remedy this with essays in 2011.
- A reading of Derek Walcott’s Omeros
- It goes without saying but I plan to read more translated fiction.
Those are the plans for now. It is subject of change as other fancies strike. I will participate in a number of challenges this year. There will be more on those later in the coming weeks.
Do my plans look interesting? Any suggestions?