Here are my reading goals posted in January, and where I ended up with them!
- Flannery O'Connor - I binge-read her complete stories the last week of December, no regrets. What a riot! It also feels good to focus more on Southern writers. I actually started the year reading a book that is a fictionalized account of her relationship with another writer, Frances and Bernard. Flannery bookended my year!
- Roger Zelazny - I read the first book of the Chronicles of Amber, Nine Princes in Amber. I liked it! I brought Lord of Light with me when I visited my Mom as she had radiation treatments, but it didn't grab me at the time. I have tracked down the remaining Chronicles and will read those eventually. Really I wish I'd read them as a child!
- Samuel Delany - I didn't get very far in reading Delany, only finishing The Einstein Intersection along with the Sword and Laser Book Club. I have purchased several more - Babel-17 and Dhalgren, which will be the group read for the Misfit Readers in January 2015. Still going to happen!
- Phillip Roth - I definitely didn't get as far as I thought I would with Roth. I was actually hampered by his prolific output - there are some books with more acclaim than others but I wasn't necessarily starting with those. I did get through American Pastoral, arguably one of his best, and Deception because it was in my house. I have two more of his at home and three from the library, so a Roth readalong may continue.
- M. John Harrison - Loved the short story I read of his, abandoned the novel. But at least I can say I tried.
- Rumi - I didn't get to him!
- Turkey - I did read three more from Turkey.
- Iran/Persia - One. Not a lot. So much for challenges.
- Iraq - One. Just poetry. Ha.
- Iceland - I got through eight books and abandoned two more. I made some Icelandic dishes and listened to Icelandic music, but never really studied the language like I thought I might.
- Africa - I read an entire biography of Africa as well as books from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, and Mozambique. Still have miles to go.
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