Here’s the deal: I’m stalling out with my book blogging for two reasons. 1) My reading is slow at the moment. Not slow as in bogged down with bad books. No, I’m immersed in lovely reads, but life is interfering with my reading time. 2) I told myself I would review — in some capacity every single book I read. Sigh. It just isn’t going to happen. I’m going to go back to the format of wrapping up what I read at the end of the month and then showcasing my TBR for the upcoming month. I’ll still review for “events” like read-alongs and such. I’m at least going to keep doing a weekly check-in for my reading, but mini-reviews will be my best bet for the future.
To TBR or Not to TBR: Every year I get pumped about the TBR challenge. I sign up and then I fail miserably. I am a book harlot. I flit from book to book to book all willy-nilly. I think I’ve decided — just at this moment — to ditch my TBR challenge. I really do better with themed challenges where I can fill in what books I like here and there.
Also, my reading plans have changed since I made my TBR list in December. I started the Barsetshire read-along in March; I’m behind, but I am adoring every single word. Trollope is certainly a favorite author now (aside: next year is the bicentenary of Anthony Trollope’s birth and there will certainly be some serious Trollope reading in 2015). I have a new Classic’s Club spin to read. There’s talk of a possible Moby Dick summer read-along. My knitting group will be reading Game of Thrones in June. And I’m itching to pick up something short and jazzy and modern to balance out the big books and the classics. In other words, my TBR pile is no longer my TBR pile.
Journaling: I’ve fallen in love (again) with paper and pen journaling. My obsession with lovely books of blank paper and smoothly-inking pens never wavered, but I have quit a stockpile of blank journals. Then the other day I had an AMAZING IDEA. I want to take my most recent blank journal gifted to me and make a 5-year reading log. Basically I would write the date at the top of the page (e.g. 1 January) and then I would make a column of dates on the page (2015, 20 16, etc…). Then at the close of each day I would write down what I read. Yes, GoodReads can keep up with my reading to some degree. But perhaps I read pages 47-86 in Bleak House, re-read the poem “Leda and the Swan” by WB Yeats, and then read an unpublished Shirley Jackson story in The New Yorker. Wouldn’t that journal be so rich looking back on it?! I could see seasonal trends, reflect on how much I read, and see when I tend to not read.
There’s one problem. I want to start this TODAY. However I should wait until January 1st so I have 5 years and not half – years. Or I should have started it on my birthday. Hum. What to do? Go ahead and fill out my book record or be patient?
Now, some book chat: Yes, I am STILL reading Barchester Towers but I think it may be my most favorite book of the year. There is one thing you need to know about Anthony Trollope:
All the best parts of Jane Austen + All the best parts of Charles Dickens = Anthony Trollope’s novels
Yes, it is that good. There is witty repartee, exceptional dialogue, and marriage plots galore like Jane Austen but with the depth and breadth of Charles Dickens in the number of characters, description of the setting, and social commentary. I’m in heaven.
What’s up next: My goal for this week is to wrap up Barchester Towers and finish my Sherlock Holmes audiobook. Next on the list is to crack open The Game of Thrones AND Moby-Dick. As you can tell I like big books and I cannot lie.
Let’s see if I can add on the Moby-Dick without drowning (see what I did there?)