This is the time of year when everyone seems to be making plans for next year. I’m seeing mention of reading challenges, lists, and resolutions. My own plan is mostly to continue with not having much of a plan. I’m going to try to read the 31 books I’ve had on my shelf since 2009, and I’ll read whatever five books Jenny chooses for me in our annual book exchange. I’m also going to keep plugging away at the Patrick O’Brian and Margery Allingham books. Inspired by Annabel, who’s hosting a Game of Kings readalong, Jenny and I are talking about rereading Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond books.
And because I like the idea of group reads for the way they promote discussion, I’m hoping to join in on a Slaves of Golconda discussion or two and perhaps something from the Literature and War readalong. Wait! I thought I said I wasn’t making many plans.
Uh oh. This is starting to look like a lot of plans. I think what I really mean is that most of these are things I’m going to keep in mind and do if my mood and the timing are right. That, to me, is the key to being a happy reader. A vague plan to keep in mind but no firm commitments.
There are also a couple of events coming up that I have joined or may join. Perhaps you’d like to as well?
The TBR Double Dog Dare from CB James and his dog Dakota is a pledge to read only books on your TBR pile (as in already purchased or on hold at the library) between January 1 and April 1. You may make exceptions as needed for book clubs and such. My plan is to read only books I have in hand or on the library hold list, and I’m not, repeat not, going to build a hold list stockpile. Two years ago, I made it all the way to the end of the dare. Last year, I lasted maybe a week. But I had fun both years, which is what matters.
Ana and Iris have decided to make January Long-Awaited Reads month. This ties in nicely with the Double Dog Dare, although library books and new purchases are allowed. There’s no official sign-up for this, and I personally have a couple of books I intend to read in January that I found out about fairly recently. But I may fill the gaps with some Thomas Hardy and some Brontë novels I’ve been meaning to get to for ages.
And speaking of Hardy and the Brontës, the Classics Club is hosting a readathon on January 5. I missed the October readathon entirely, but I’m hoping to join in on this one for part of the day, although I have some commitments that will keep from participating full the full day. The format will be just like Dewey’s Readathon, and since I’m one of those odd ducks who likes reading classics for readathons, this seems like a perfect event.
Another fun readathon comes from Jenn at The Picky Girl who’s hosting a New Year’s Eve readathon. The idea is just to read on New Year’s Eve until the ball drops. As someone who tends not to enjoy the NYE party scene, this sounds like just the thing. I’m not sure to what degree I’ll be joining in because I’ll be working all day and may decide when I get home that it’s more important to watch When Harry Met Sally (because New Year’s Eve!) and go to bed before the turning of the calendar. Late nights have, alas, become almost impossible for me. But I do like this idea a lot, so I’m hoping to join in for at least a few hours if not all my after-work hours.
OK. Yes, this is a lot of plans, but again, I’m keeping it vague and making no firm commitments. I shall read as my whimsy takes me.
What reading plans do you have brewing for the new year?