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A new year, a fresh start. What is your first book of 2010? What… 
10th-Jan-2010 08:22 pm
Karen
A new year, a fresh start.

What is your first book of 2010?
What does everyone plan to read during the coming year?


I personally wish that I had chosen something a bit more grandiose for my first book. All the Presidents’ Pets by Mo Rocca doesn’t quite set the highest tone for the new decade, haha. Now I've moved on to a version of Monkey translated by Arthur Waley, so I’m off to pretty good start.
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11th-Jan-2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Mine is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Yes, not highbrow in the least XD But my brother gave it to me for christmas, and I'm looking forward to a little silliness. Plus, it's been a while since I've read any Jane Austen, and I think the book is cute so far with the way it uses the original text.
11th-Jan-2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Steve Berry's Templar Legacy. Not exactly classic literature, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!
11th-Jan-2010 02:15 am (UTC)
My first was Girl Walking Backwards by Bett Williams which was a pretty good start to what will hopefully be a great year in books.
11th-Jan-2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Mine are going to be A Midsummer Night's Dream and probably Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, thanks to classes starting back up. Enjoying the Shakespeare as usual, but not a huge fan of Faulkner D:
11th-Jan-2010 03:38 am (UTC)
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of my favorites by Shakespeare. I feel your pain on Faulkner, though. Never really could get into him.
11th-Jan-2010 03:36 am (UTC)
I went with Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford. Because, yeah, I don't plan to take my reading list all that seriously this year. ;)

Moved on to a re-read of Lewis Carroll, finished The Friday Night Knitting Club, and am now starting The Adventures of Alianore Audley by Brian Wainwright. Very humorous, if not highbrow. ;D
11th-Jan-2010 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm currently working on The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt. It's pretty great, so I'm pleased with my selection.
11th-Jan-2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
I started out the new year with my first-ever Discworld book, "Guards! Guards!" I wasn't as excited as I feel like I should have been, since the books are right up my alley, but I think I might have come too late to the party. Panning the genre probably hadn't been done to death yet when this book was first released
11th-Jan-2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
I've meant to read those books for years now, too. But the longer I wait, the harder it is to convince myself to buy a copy.

What made you pick that particular book to start with? There are so many, I wouldn't know where to begin.
11th-Jan-2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Two words... Christmas gift. :)

"Guards! Guards!" was actually pretty entertaining. Pardon the unequal comparison, but it was sort of like reading Lord of the Rings in that if I could bear in mind that the cliches weren't cliches when the story was written, it was easier to just enjoy. And he certainly has a turn of phrase.

A major issue for me though was a lack of chapters. I kept losing my place when I put it down.

If you're looking to get into it, I think you could do worse than starting there though. And thus far, the follow up "Men at Arms" is so far (about 150 pages in) much stronger on plot and less dependent on gimmick
11th-Jan-2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who is fairly obsessed with those books, and I have a minor addiction, myself.

Gotta love Carrot. :D Although I think my favorite character of all the books is Death. *chuckles*
11th-Jan-2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, yes. I love Death (though the first time it(he?) showed up I was a little confused)

And Carrot's really making Men at Arms for me. I'm not sure why, but he felt sort of propish in Guards! Guards! but he's really solidified as a strong character. Is he in more of the series beyond those two books?
12th-Jan-2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Started wit Medicine Road, by Charles deLint, and have carried on to Good Omens, by T. Pratchett & N. Gaiman. Those are the last two books I've bought, and will stay that way until I finish another half-dozen or so titles from my "to read" pile >_O