a 2010 top 10 to-read list

The Year Zero Writers have the rather catchy ‘Writing is for Readers‘ tag line, but—as Dan Holloway points out—the converse is also true: reading is for writers.

Like Dan, I feel as if I haven’t read enough this year. What with starting my serial last July, and then getting swallowed whole by the webfiction community, I have neglected my dear old friend, the print book.

I can’t deny that I’ve uncovered some pretty awesome people, and awesome stories. But I think, online, I read far more for easy pleasure, and far less to learn about writing, and how to improve my own writing.

In the meanwhile, I’ve accumulated a stack of print books, that sit lonely in one corner, begging to be read. Not to mention my growing Goodreads to-read list, which is now at an epic 90 books.

So this is a list of ten books, in no particular order, that I plan to read in 2010:

I actually have read half of Perfume as well as the first few chapters of The Sun Also Rises, although I can’t remember why I stopped reading. It irks me to know I’ve left them unfinished, probably for no good reason, which is why they’re on the list.

Anyhow. I think the list above is a good starting point, and hopefully will manage to read even further and cut down my Goodreads list.

Has anyone else compiled a to-read list yet?


About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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8 Responses to a 2010 top 10 to-read list

  1. Read American Gods twice! I love that book – it will show, here and there, in Addergoole ;-)

    • a.m.harte says:

      I’ve read Stardust and Neverwhere and a short story collection by Neil Gaiman.. Everyone keeps saying American Gods is the best so I’m dying to read it!

      • Sora says:

        I’ve stardust too. I had American Gods, I read the first page, but I had to return it back to the library the next day since I had already renewed it twice. =/ It sounds like a good book, I need more time to read it though.

        • a.m.harte says:

          I got Stardust because it was in the airport and was on sale for only £5 – loved it, and it was great to have something to keep me entertained throughout all the delays.

  2. I’m reading Far From the Madding Crowd at the moment. I haven’t read anything else on the list although I did read Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep which I loved! You remind me I should really make a list of what to read next year, its getting closer and closer.

    • a.m.harte says:

      I read Do Androids… this year, it’s what got me thinking that I should venture out a bit more and read some more Philip K Dick! Then I read the indie published Broken Bulbs by Eddie Wright, and many people drew comparisons between it and A Scanner Darkly, which is how the book ended up on my to-read list.

      And, I encourage you to write a list! I’m a big list fan, somehow it helps me get things done!

  3. Elle says:

    I’ve only read Perfume out of those. I need to finish my ‘to-read’ list on Goodreads as well, and try and keep the numbers down in 2010 – no more buying books until I’ve finished what I own already!! :)

    • a.m.harte says:

      It’s so tempting to just keep adding to the Goodreads ‘to-read’ list, isn’t it? I’ve started giving out the link during my birthday or at Christmas to my family/friends so they know what to get me!

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