Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A look ahead to 2010

Things you can anticipate from me in 2010:
  • Saying 20-10. Not 2000 & 10, but 20-10. Anyone else doing this?
  • Military nonfiction. Yup, you read that right. Lately, it seems that all I want to read about is the military. And not even military fiction; I burned through that genre when I was a teenager and I haven't looked back.* No, instead it's memoirs about serving, or following a platoon through boot camp, or a historical view on battles throughout history. I've come up with a list longer than you'd think of books I want to read on military conflicts, women serving throughout history, and--God forbid--politics. (And I despise politics.)
As it stands now, my reading list:

One Bullet Away--reread (Finished this one last week)
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army--finished 1/4/10
Generation Kill--reread
Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground
Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and
Beyond House to House
First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
American Spartans
AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How It Hurts Our Country
and finally, Fiasco
  • A complete avoidance of reading challenges. Seriously, I'm swearing off of them. (Note the irony in this statement when compared to the above point.)
  • A possible move. I'm becoming... tired of Blogger. Nothing wrong with it, but I'm kind of feeling like a change might possibly be in order. We'll see.
  • More posting. I'm putting myself on a schedule.

*I wish I could remember that book. It was about a platoon, two platoons, in Vietnam, the Double Deuces, or Double Aces, and the nurses at the camp. A guy died, I think his name was Ace, and Susan/Sue--one of the nurses--married the dead guy's friend, who was a the head of one of the platoons. And there a was a nurse named Jane who was sleeping with someone. If I recall, there was a sequel/second book too. Ugh.This is going to bug me now. If anyone wants to be, I don't know, psychic and tell me what book this was, my brain would really appreciate it.


Danielle said...

I have a feeling you'll find plenty of military nonfiction choices to read in 2010! We get loads of it at my library. Have a Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Hayden said...

Thanks, Danielle! Happy New Year and Happy Reading to you too! I do have a good starter list, most of which I hope can be found at the library!

Pour of Tor said...

Happy New Year, Hayden! Have you read "Soldier's Heart," about teaching literature to future officers at West Point? It has been on my shelf for a while now, fascinating me but not quite leaping off into my "urgently TBR" pile.

Hayden said...

Thanks; same to you!

And no, I haven't heard of "Soldier's Heart." I'll have to check it out though; it sounds intriguing.