In which I don't state all my goals yet (that's for Part 2). The following is a list of what I intend to read this month:
At Large and At Small; Confessions of a Literary Hedonist, by Anne Fadiman
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, by Patricia A. McKillip
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (a novel), by Xiaolu Guo
Fables #1 (Legends in Exile), by Bill Willingham
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldan
The Republic, by Plato
Under the Dome, by Stephen King
This might be an unrealistic list for one month. The only way these books will get read is through proper time management, something that I fear is beyond me. But hope springs eternal (pardon the cliche), and these are the books that I plan to read in the very early days of this month, year, and decade. This month the balance looks like: 4 novels (1 fantasy, 1 historical fiction, and 2 contemporary fiction), 1 graphic novel, 1 book of philosophy, and 1 book of essays. Suspiciously absent: Canadiana. I'm not too worried though, because I'm bound to read some at work. If I can write about it here, I will.
Writing a review of each is not going to happen. That would really be overreaching. But I can promise a monthly recap where you can see what progress (if any) was made. More titles are bound to get added, but this is the official start for the month.