It is November. This means that my readerly OCD is in full-bloom. Around this time of year I begin to think about next year’s reading. I’m changing the way I approach challenges and my reading. Normally I try to read a few library books (1-2) and then read something from my shelves. I tend to just grab what catches my eye and I don’t really have a method to my madness. Except then I throw in challenges. I always, always, always sign up for WAY too many challenges and spread myself too thin. Then I don’t complete anything. So far, I’ve made a solid dent in many of my reading challenges but I’ve only finished ONE CHALLENGE. I do the same thing with Readathons; I have my hands (eyeballs?) in too many books and find at the end that I’ve finished too few titles. After the last Readathon I got to thinking about creating a theme for my readathon TBR pile. Perhaps centered around a theme? Hummmm…. I can readathon and reading challenge at the same time. Brilliant!
Now my bookish OCD has reared its head and I’ve decided to use a theme or challenge to help structure my monthly reading. I’m not saying I won’t read something different, but if my goal is to finish a challenge in month or so then focusing that reading may help my book anxiety. What is book anxiety? Well, I find myself overwhelmed by my bookshelves, the library stacks, interlibrary loan treasures, book challenges, and readalongs. TOO MANY BOOKS FREAK OUT GASP GASP GASP!!!!!
May I present to you my theme for January:
I love Charles Dickens and his 200th birthday is in February so naturally I’d love to spend some time reading Dickens. I will not only spend time reading Charles Dickens’s fiction, but I’ll also be reading non-fiction about Dickens and Victorian England and fiction based on Dickens’s characters or even Dickens himself. Of course I’ve already assembled a book pool (duh, book OCD):
My definitely reading list:
- Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
- A House to Let by Charles Dickens (with Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell)
- Charles Dickens by Michael Slater
- Victorian London by Liza Picard
- The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits edited by Mike Ashley
Other books I may work in:
- We Two: Victoria and Albert by Gillian Gill
- Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
- The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
In addition I’ll be reviewing a few film versions of Dickensian works and — the best part — I’ve obtained permission to get into my library’s rare book collection to lovingly caress (with a gloved hand, of course) some Dickens rarities. I hope you’ll stop by to wallow in Victorian novel goodness.
Now it is time to spend the remainder of my Sunday “mom time” reading Wolf Hall.