- The books I already own. I've got some titles I have literally had for a decade or more and haven't gotten to yet. It's high time I got to some of these things.
- Books about the Reagan presidency, especially first-hand accounts. Granted, I've already read two this year so this seems a bit like cheating. Even as a self-identified liberal, I can't help but find that era fascinating. I have recently picked up Ed Morris's and Ollie North's books, and so I won't count Mr. Reagan's or Jim Baker's books toward this goal.
I'm one for two. I finally read a few things I'd owned for quite some time. I think the most glaring example was Doris Kearns Goodwin's Wait Till Next Year, which I'd owned for more than a decade. That makes me 10-for-15, all told. Of course, I read quite a lot more than is reflected in this discussion. I didn't set out to read Jewel's collection of poems, or to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Batman by reading Craig Shaw Gardner's novelization of its screenplay. All in all, despite failing to meet one in three of my reading objectives, I am quite satisfied with my '09 reading.