Wednesday, January 02, 2013

My 2013 Resolutions

I solemnly swear by ink and by paper that I will fulfill this resolution to the best of my ability. I will value quality over quantity and will give my honest opinion at all times. I will read for enjoyment and education and will take my time to savour ever last word.

This list ended up being far longer that I thought it would be but the way I see it is if I lay everything on the table now, I can see everything I want to finish.

Read more Books Written by Women

There has always been an imbalance in my reading as I always seem to read more men then women. Next year I hope to somewhat remedy that.

Virginia Woolf

Charlotte Bronte

Emily Bronte

Mary Wollstonecraft

George Eliot


Jane Austen

Margaret Atwood

Andre Norton

Elizabeth Gaskell

Doris Lessing

Dorothy Parker

Alice Munro

Toni Morrison

Ursula LeGuin

Carol Shields

Read More Canadian Authors

As a proud Canuck I want to be able to say I've read the greats from my own country. Therefore I will be doing my best to plough through the plethora of great talent as part of my own CanCon education.

Margaret Laurence

Michael Ondaatje

Pierre Berton

Robertson Davies

Carol Shields

Alice Munro

Margaret Atwood

Douglas Coupland

Mordecai Richler

Stephen Leacock

Farley Mowat

Joy Kogawa

Saul Bellow

Guy Gavriel Kay

WO Mitchell

Robert Service

Malcolm Lowry

William Gibson

Read more of the big names in Sci-fi and Fantasy

I have huge gaps when it comes to the best known and very well respected giants of the sci fi and fantasy genres. Unexcuseable I know but hopefully in the coming year I can remedy that.

Isaac Asmiov

Roger Zelazny

Andre Norton

Robert Heinlein

Ray Bradbury

Arthur C Clarke

Jules Verne

HG Wells

Douglas Adams

Larry Niven

Philip Jose Farmer

Frederick Pohl

Philip K Dick

RA Salvatore

David Eddings

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Neil Gaiman

Raymond Feist

Terry Pratchett

Read more poems, plays and short stories

This is something I've worked on a little bit this year but I'd like to expand on it in the new year.


Alice Munro

Edmund Spenser




John Milton

Arthur Miller


Oscar Wilde

Tennessee Williams

Ernest Hemingway

Anton Chekov

Ray Bradbury

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Raymond Carver

Jack London

Work on my "I Have Never Read" list

To save myself from future embarrassment I want to work on this list.

Anne Bronte

Anthony Trollope

Anton Chekov


Arthur Miller


D.H. Lawrence

Dante Alighieri

Emily Bronte

Ernest Hemingway

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Feodor Dostoyevsky

Freidrich Nietzsche

George Eliot

H.P. Lovecraft

Henry James

Herman Melville

Jack London

James Joyce

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

John Milton

John Steinbeck

John Updike

Joseph Conrad

Kurt Vonnegut

Leo Tolstoy

Michael de Montaigne


Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sir Walter Scott

Somerset Maugham

Thomas Hardy

Victor Hugo

Virginia Woolf

William Faulkner

William M Thackery

Work on my France 2017 Project

You can read all about this project here.

Post Reviews on Books I've Finished

This is a list I've slowly been whittling down. Hopefully this year I can finish off a few more to make room for all the new books I'm going to read.

Brother and Sister


The Droughtlanders

Franny & Zooey

In Gallant Company

Lord Edgeware Dies

The Moonstone

A Separate Peace

The Seven Dials

Up at the Villa

A Writer's House in Wales



Complete Books from Old Challenges

Les Miserables

Henry V

Much Ado About Nothing

Antony and Cleopatra

Richard III

As You Like It

King Lear


Twelfth Night



The Woman in White

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


The Republic

Julius Caesar

Call of the Wild

The Valley of Fear

Gone with the Wind


The Simarillion

Love in the Time of Cholera

The Fiery Cross

Walt Disney

The Fionavar Tapestry


Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Bridget Jones' Diary

Post Reviews on Movies I've Finished

Hoo boy am I behind on this list! I like to think of it as a goal to be reached rather than one that's been left lying around for too long.



The Hobbit

The Sting

27 Dresses

The 39 Steps (1935)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

The African Queen (1951)

All About Eve (1950)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

American Graffiti (1973)

An American in Paris

Anastasia (1956)

Annie Hall (1977)

The Apartment (1960)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The Awful Truth (1937)

Back to the Future (1985)

Ball of Fire (1941)

Batman Returns (1992)

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Big (1988)

Bikini Beach

Blade Runner (1982)

Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blue Dahlia

Born Yesterday (1950)

Boys Town (1938)

Breakfast at Tiffanys (1961)

The Breakfast Club

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Broadway Melody (1929)

Bullitt (!968)

Captains Courageous (1937)

Casablanca (1943)

A Christmas Carol (1951)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Dead End

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Destry Rides Again

Double Indemnity (1944)

Duck Soup (1933)

East of Eden (1955)

Easy Living (1937)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A Fish Called Wanda

Forbidden Planet

The French Connection (1971)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Gaslight (1944)


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Godfather (1972)

Going My Way (1944)

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Grand Hotel (1932)

The Hangover (2009)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Heaven Can Wait

The Heiress (1949)

Hellboy 2

His Girl Friday (1940)

Holiday (1938)

Hondo 91953)

Howl's Moving Castle

The Hunt for Red October

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

In the Heat of the Night


Iron-Jawed Angels

It Happened One Night (1934)

Jamaica Inn

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1942)


The Kid

The King and I (1956)

King's Row

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

The Lady Eve (1941)

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

The Little Foxes (1941)

Love Laughs at Andy Hardy

Made for Each Other

Made of Honor

The Major and the Minor (1942)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

The Man who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The Miracle Woman (1931)

The Miracle Worker (1962)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)

The Most Dangerous Game

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1935)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Mutiny on the Bounty

My Mad Godfrey (1935)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

Night of the Hunter (1955)

Never Back Down

North by Northwest (1959)

Now, Voyager

Oliver! (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)

On the Town (1949)

On the Waterfront (1954)

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Ox-Bow Incident


The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Pinocchio (1940)

Pollyanna (1960)


Pretty Woman (1990)

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Psycho (1960)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Rear Window (1954)

Rebecca( 1940)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Roman Holiday (1953)


The Scarlet Empress (1934)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)

The Searchers (1956)


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Shanghai Express (1932)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)

Some Lie it Hot (1959)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Soylent Green

Spartacus and the Ten Gladiators

Spiderwick Chronicles

Spirited Away

Splash (1984)

Stagecoach (1939)

Stage Door (1937)

Stalag 17 (1953)

Star Trek

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Sullivan's Travels (1942)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)


Suspicion (1941)

Terminator: Salvation

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969)

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Top Hat (1935)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Vacation from Marriage

West Side Story (1961)

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Winchester '73 (1950)

Witness (1985)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Women (1939)

Young Bess

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young and Innocent


teflonjedi said...

A few recommendations, FWIW...

For Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, I can recomment their collaboration, "Good Omens".

For Robert Heinlein, I would recommend "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".

For Isaac Asimov, I can certainly recommend the Elijah Bailey novels, or the Foundation series.

For Zelazny, I would recommend the entire Chronicles of Amber. Each book is short.

In the Canadian category, years ago I read "The Little Country" by Charles de Lint...I remember enjoying it greatly.

Robert Sawyer's a Canadian author as well, are you familiar with him?

theduckthief said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I will add them to the list.

Lee-Anne said...

I love your enthusiasm! I'll be watching for your thoughts during 2013. From a fellow Canuck :)

theduckthief said...

Thanks! The way I see it I've got a large list to choose from and there's not doubt I'll at least get some of this accomplished by the end of 2013. I am very excited to get going!