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Friday, January 1, 2021

2021 Reading Resolution. Please vote.

Last year about this time of year I read a column in BookPage magazine where five of the editors selected one book as their reading resolution for the year. (See photo above.) I loved the idea. Why not be honest and just pick one book that I commit to read during the year, a book which has long been calling out to me to be read? I decided right then and there that my one-book-reading-resolution would be Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It had long been on my TBR but I had avoided starting it because of the length (over 800 pages.) I am happy to report that I finished the book in April and loved it. (Read my review here: Lonesome Dove.)

This year my one-book-reading-resolution isn't so clear. I have many books which have languished long on my TBR but none that seem to peculate to the top. I need your help in making my selection. Please vote for one.

Which should I pick?

  • Dune by Frank Herbert. I don't often read Sci-Fi but I understand that this book (and series) was ground-breaking and led to some very popular series like the Star Wars saga and Game of Thrones. 
  • A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Several years ago I launched into a personal challenge to read Pulitzer Prize winners. (See my list of Pulitzers here.)This book, the 2011 winner, is one I haven't read yet. There are several others on the list but this one seems to be calling out the loudest.
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Believe it or not, I haven't red this classic. I enjoy every Dickens book I have read though so I am not afraid of its length. Also, I own a big CD set of the book which I could plug into my car stereo to facilitate the reading/listening.
  • Watchman by Alan Moore. I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan and I understand that this graphic novel collection is amazing. I wouldn't know. I haven't read it.
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. People talk about this book, the first in a trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, as if I have for sure read it. I for sure haven't. Once again I am daunted by the length, 653 pages, but Lonesome Dove was longer. I know I can conquer long books now.
  • Off the board. Make a suggestion.

 Vote in comments below or on Facebook. Thanks for the help!



  1. You know me, science fiction or fantasy. Dune is very good.

    1. One good thing about Dune is that I own a copy of the book. The others I do not.

  2. The only one I read is Wolf Hall which was very good; I like historical fiction of that period. So I vote for that one.

  3. I'll vote for 2 and since I haven't read any of these, I am basing it on nothing more than my gut feeling. I vote for Watchmen or A Visit from the Goon Squad.

  4. I read A Tale of Two Cities in High School. It is very interesting and dramatic. I vote for this one :)

  5. I've actually read all five! (Though I haven't read Tale of Two Cities since high school.) Not a bad book on the list, I think. If I had to pick I'll say Goon Squad.

  6. I think this is a fabulous idea. The last two years I've participated in Chapter-a-Day, and I've ended up reading two books I never thought I'd read: Moby Dick and War and Peace. This year I'm going to start with Divine Comedy (a prose translation), and I hope to read the other four books selected for the year.

    I'd go with A Tale of Two Cities. I hope to read that one this year in July.

  7. I’m really interested in Cromwell and that period, but maybe not that interested :). I would probably pick Dune. Mine would definitely be Pillars of the Earth. I got about halfway through many years ago, and then quit. It’s a favorite book of a teacher friend of mine and she re-reads it all the time. But it’s long! Good luck. I would also like to read Lonesome Dove after your recommendation.


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