I accomplished and surpassed my goal for 2008! I enjoyed the 50 book challenge so much that I want to continue it this year. However, I've added some alterations to make it more interesting.
For 2009, I want to read 52 books, one for every week in the year. I've also decided to add quotas for certain categories of books. Requirements can overlap.
1. 5 nonfiction
2. 10 books published in 2009
3. 5 science fiction
4. 1 book of poetry
5. 5 books translated from a language other than English
It may seem modest, but it's a start toward diversity. The reason for reading so many books published this year is so I can have a better perspective on annual writing awards.
For the best of what I read in 2008, I decided it's a toss up between Beggars in Spain and House of the Spirits.