Welcome to 2020, the year of perfect vision.

With the start of this New Year, people make resolutions, set goals, or otherwise map out a vision of the year ahead. Many of you, as writers, have “resolved” to finish a particular work, turn out a certain member of pages, or explore new characters and settings.

I am a reader, so following your example, and I am setting reading goals. I read a lot, mostly crime fiction ARC copies for my “job” as a reviewer (poor me, such a tough job), the book selection for my (several) book clubs, or works by authors whom I have read in the past. This year I “resolve” to expand my reading by choosing books that are not necessarily part of my regular reading routine. Fortunately, writers are readers as well, so I hope you will join me in expanding reading for pleasure.

In 2020 I resolve to read:

  1. A book that is NOT a mystery or crime fiction
  2. A book set before 1950
  3. A book recommended by a friend
  4. A book that has been made into a movie or TV series
  5. A funny, light-hearted book
  6. A Hercule Poirot book in honor of his 100th anniversary
  7. A book I read a long time ago
  8. A “Y.A.” or children’s book
  9. A non-fiction book
  10. A book set in a foreign country I have not visited
  11. A book set in a state other than the one where I live
  12. A book with a blue cover

I hope you will join me in my reading adventure in 2020. Audio books absolutely count, and one book can fall into several categories. Feel free to modify the list, and please share your progress.

Author: 3 no 7

"3 no 7" presents Katie and Barbara who write about the books they love and the books they don't.

26 thoughts on “Welcome to 2020, the year of perfect vision.”

    1. I often “decorate” for holidays by stacking a few books with covers in colors of the holiday, so I am always on the lookout for “blue” books. Lots of kids books have blue on the cover. I’ll report back at the end of the year on what I found. (I do see a blue cover on Marshmallow Mayhem on Amazon!)

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  1. I love this list!! As someone who almost exclusively reads crime fiction, I can relate to the first one in a big way. (I’d recommend Truth Be Told for #4 since it was written by a writer friend who debuted the same year I did, but it’s a mystery so that would be counterproductive to #1–although I still recommend. 🙂 ) Good luck with your reading resolutions. I’ll definitely join you on your reading adventures in 2020.

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    1. I am trying to pick books that fall into one category only, but if I get into difficulties, I will count a book in more than one category. Books I previously read do not count except for numbers 6 and 7.
      Are you talking about “Truth Be Told” by by Hank Phillippi Ryan? I loved that book, but I did not know it had been made into TV/movie. My favorite book made into movie so far is “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver. I actually liked the movie better than the book, and I think that is about the only book/movie combination that I can say that about. Perhaps I’ll find a new favorite.

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      1. It’s Kathleen Barber’s debut novel, originally titled Are You Sleeping, but re-titled Truth Be Told when it was made into a mini-series (starring Octavia Spencer!!):

        So interesting that it shares a title with Hank’s book!!

        We Need to Talk is on my list. I’ve been trying to muster the courage to read it–or maybe I should just skip to the movie. (Don’t tell anyone, but I like The Godfather movie better than the book!)

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        1. I watched the movie first because it was available on one of my streaming services and there was a waiting list for the book at the library. I LOVED the movie. the book was good, but the movie built the suspense and uncertainty about Kevin and what happened. In the book, this is revealed early so readers develop a closer relationship with Kevin’s mom. You can read my review, and I have a caution after the second paragraph to stop reading if you do not want to know the secret. https://3no7.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/we-need-to-talk-about-kevin/

          My advice — see the movie first.
          P.S. Now I can read “the other” Truth Be Told and look for the mini series, although I don’t get Apple TV.

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          1. I will! This is exactly the push I needed. Thank you!

            I’m hoping the mini-series eventually gets wider distribution. Kathleen is talented and lovely and so very humble. It’s so wonderful to see her success!


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