As many of you know, I ended last year stuck in a reading rut. Maybe the holidays distracted me, or maybe I was burnt out and unable to keep up a more rigorous reading pace, but I think the main problem was my inability to find a book that truly grabbed me and refused to let go. Book choice plays a big part in whether a book is devoured or only picked up every few days to read about 20 pages, and I think my poor picks last year contributed to my slump. I did read but not with my usual passion. For some reason I couldn't find any book that really made me want to just sit down and read, and the more often this happened the more discouraged I felt.
So, as the new year descended upon me, I made a resolution in the hopes of refocusing my reading for 2012. Literary fiction has always been my greatest love, and this year I want to focus on those books which have stood the test of time and continue to inspire and amaze. All the books on my list are sitting on my bookshelf right now, but there has always been some mental block keeping me from picking one up. The excuses vary. Sometimes it's fear of disappointment, the desire to focus on the newest and most noteworthy reads, or simply the longer length. This year I vow to overcome all these obstacles in order to reclaim my reading passion once again.
I just finished reading Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close a couple of days ago (shameful it took this long, I know), and was blown away by how quickly I read through it...truly unputdownable. This book was left unread for so long due to the fear of disappointment, so now I'm glad that I can put excuse number one out of its misery. I know the odds of all the following books wowing me are not 100 percent, but here's my list of both contemporary and older classics that will hopefully refocus and revive my reading passion in 2012.
TOP TEN BOOK TO REFOCUS MY READING IN 2012
1) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
2) Final Payments by Mary Gordon
3) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
4) Villette by Charlotte Bronte
5) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
6) The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
7) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
8) The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
9) The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
10) Crossing California by Adam Langer