2021 Reading Plans

Imagine tempting the universe with plans, after the year we've had! And yet, here I am with my reading plans for 2021. My main "plan," if it can be called such a thing, is just to read as much of whatever I want to read as possible. Before I explain what I mean by that exactly, let's take a look at the the list from 2020, which I made a major dent in, as you'll see:
  1. Annual Shakespeare play (oops, this would be the second year in a row that I didn't do my supposed annual reading)
  2. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
  3. Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  6. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  7. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  8. Dune by Frank Herbert
  9. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
  10. Fire Sea by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  11. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle
  14. HMS Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
  15. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  16. Little, Big by John Crowley
  17. The Little Mermaid and Other Stories by Hans Christian Andersen
  18. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  19. Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska (this one shouldn't have been on the list in the first place, it was only here because it's short and written by a woman and I thought I might end up reviewing it! I didn't actually read it in 2020 but it's not a high priority for the coming years, either)
  20. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  21. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (more accurately: didn't finish)
  22. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  23. Possession by A. S. Byatt
  24. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  25. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  26. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  27. This Word Now by Owen and Jodi Egerton
  28. Ulysses by James Joyce
  29. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  30. Wild Rose by Sharon Butala
  31. The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer
  32. The Year's Best SF edited by Gardner Dozois
So having read nearly everything I wanted to in 2020, I'm left with twelve unread books on my shelf for 2021, some of which are new and some of which have been sitting there for far too long. Reading those twelve books is almost the only goal I have to complete for 2021. I say almost because I would also like to read at least one French book, one Shakespeare play (yes, still!), and will have several book club books again (I'm assuming six for the purposes of my calculations). That's a total of 20 books, which will leave me plenty of time to continue reading tons and tons of library books. This finally means that instead of a 6x6 bingo card, all I need this year is a 4x4, which I'll be adding at the end of this post.

The following list of books I plan to read this year is in alphabetical order by title. New additions are bold as usual.
  1. Annual Shakespeare play (most likely The Tempest this year but not positive yet)
  2. One French novel (I'm considering Le cahier gris at the moment)
  3. The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  4. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  5. Dubliners by James Joyce (I can barely believe it myself)
  6. Dune by Frank Herbert
  7. Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
  8. The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian
  9. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  10. Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
  11. This Word Now by Owen and Jodi Egerton
  12. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  13. Whispering Rails by Gilbert A. Lathrop
  14. The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer

Wish me luck and let me know what your reading plans are for the year!

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