Yup that's right! For those who don't know my personal reading tastes, I prefer mysteries, YA or High School fiction, non-fiction that reads like fiction, and cookbooks. For all of the above, I prefer them to be funny.
That's why I jumped at a chance to do a reading project with my friend Jeanne. Jeanne used to work here (you can still read some of her book reviews on our Staff Picks page) but has moved on to another library. She's done some pretty ambitious reading projects in the past. For 2008 she read all 14 Charles Dickens novels! Extremely impressive. So when she was entertaining the idea of reading westerns, I was totally up for it. I had never (well, that I can remember) read a western in my life. Now I could get a chance to discover a new genre!
So together we're reading a different western each month. Jeanne has selected the titles which include:
- Shane by Jack Schaefer
- Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
- The Virginian by Owen Wister
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen
Why don't you start a reading project of your own? You don't have to read all of Dickens, or even reading 12 books in a year. Try reading 3 different books then you would normally choose. It could be westerns or romance. Thrillers or historical fiction. Since it's the start of a new year try getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing something new. You just might surprise yourself and discover a new favorite!