I have several things lined up to finish before the end of the year and I know I won’t get through all of the titles I hope to read. After The Book Thief I plan on reading Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. I read Oryx and Crake nearly 10 years ago and I need to re-read it before delving into Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. Next on the list is Rebecca Lee’s short story collection Bobcat, which I ILL’d from my library. Of course The Frozen Deep for Wilkie in Winter and maybe I’ll get started on The Woman in White. Oh yes, I did throw the YA novel Code Name Verity onto the pile and I decided to re-read Middlemarch, because of course I’ll have time to read a large Victorian novel while my children are home in December and I’m prepping for Christmas. A girl can dream, right?
Speaking of dreaming, I’ve been prepping and planning for next year. I love nothing more than prepping, planning, and list-making. Okay, my kids, my husband, books, and coffee… but list-making is certainly number five on my list. I’ll let you in on some of my plans.
First off I’ve developed a sort of reading schedule. See, I over estimate what I can read on the weekends and I tend to just stick to one book at a time and that eliminates me from participating in side-projects or group reads. Hence a realistic schedule that will allow me to read three different things guilt free.
Sunday: One short story or essay. This is perfect for my busy Sundays. All the kids are home and Sam spends the afternoon doing homework at the library. I find I’m much more likely to work on projects, cleaning, baking, or playing with the kids. I don’t know why I always thought I’d be reading huge chunks on Sunday.
Monday – Friday: Read 50 pages a day from my “main” book. Part of making my 50 page marks means that I will need to read more intentionally. I tend to wait for huge blocks of time to really sink into a book. Night falls and I crawl into bed to read and then I fall asleep less than 20 pages in. I need to carry my book with me always and embrace those tiny reading moments. That means sitting in the car and reading when I get to work early, reading at lunch, and reading when I’m nursing Persy (ahem… I need to get off my phone apps and READ).
Saturday: Read 50-75 pages of a “project book”. I have several projects planned for next year including working through the Man Booker winners with a coworker (at the pace of six a year), The Great War Theme Read, read-alongs, and Classics Club projects like the sync reads and the classics spin. It may take me a little longer to finish my “project” books, but I won’t feel like I have to ditch my other reading plans to participate.
Another project in the works is that I am going to attempt Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Challenge; yes… the challenge I horribly fail every stinking year. It is a mere 12 books, but I give up or get distracted after three books. Usually I get distracted by book recommendations from bloggers and friends. Last month I solicited reading recommendations from friends and bloggers and assembled a list. Six books and an alternate are all ready on my shelves and six books and an alternate will need to be picked up at the library (or purchased). I’ll go ahead and share the list now:
From my shelves:
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Belinda by Fanny Burney
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
Green Darkness by Anya Seton (alternate)
From the library:
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
More Than This by Patrick Ness
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Mariana by Monica Dickens
Westwood by Stella Gibbons (alternate)
How about you all? Let me know what bookish plans you are forming for 2014.