Last year I loved doing many reading challenges. Irish, Japanese, Asian, German–you name it, I enjoyed it! I may still do some of those this year, too, but not with as intense a focus. Instead, I’ve come up with a few little plans that may help as I work in “fun” reading around my last 4 classes of my graduate certificate program.
I want to read a few books somehow related to each season while IN that season. Here are a few of the winter books I’m considering to illustrate this point.
The unfortunate choice of Snow by John Banville (link is to my review) started this approach for me. I chose it partly for the title with its obvious winter tie.
Midwinter Murder, Children’s Blizzard, Winter and Rough Weather, and Wintering [I do not earn a cent off your clicks–these are just for your convenience, so you can read more about the book at Amazon]
My Stage of Life
I want to continue to find more books about women my age or at my stage of life. I’m not quitting reading other ages–that would be silly. I just want to try to find more set where I am at. Here is one I’m reading now–thank heavens my Mom bounced back fine from her horrific non COVID related illness in 2020.
Read What I Have
Many people have sworn to read only books they already own. I’m not going that far! A print book or a forgotten Kindle book that I already own–at least one per quarter. That’s a “do-able” goal. Sometimes these work out to do double-duty in a challenge or on the list for a Classics Club Spin, too. That’s nice when it happens, but I want to read one regardless.
Some books I’ve enjoyed this year that I found buried on my Kindle.
Buy a Few More Novels
I usually get all my fiction from the library. Sadly, even here in Ohio with our great libraries and regional libraries, COVID has affected things for the worse. I have “given in” and bought some of the novels I want for my Kindle. I’m changing my mindset to “supporting authors.” Since I am hoping to start submitting my first novel this year I think that’s a great and long-overdue change.
Here are a few of the novels I’ve purchased recently.
Treat Myself to an Audible Subscription
Twelve years of 2+ hours of workday commuting has made me a devotee of audiobooks. With the death of cds, the wait for library copies can now be months. (My car is 2014–it has a cd player so I could get things much faster that way). I used the free trial of audible to “jump the queue” and get my hands on Piranesi. I think I can afford a monthly subscription if only the cheapest one.
Continue to Try Reece Witherspoon’s “Hello Sunshine” Book Club Selections
I had good luck with several of her picks in 2020, so I’ll keep watching for others. I do regularly check the big book clubs to see what their selections are. Reece chooses women authors–that’s important to me, although I read both men and women authors and intend to keep it that way. My Great Aunt would only read women–it limited her selections.
Keep to Last Year’s Decisions
- No Longer Reread Books
- Continue tossing books with “icky” sex and mentioning my dislike in reviews
- Quit trying to like Dickens or sci-fi or fantasy books.
- Read more books in translation
- Keep “traveling” around the world in books and tracking my progress
- Continue reading the backlist of favorite authors
Continue Last Year’s Success With Short Stories and Try to Add Essays to the Success
I always groan when I see these on reading challenges. In 2020 though I couldn’t put down Everything Inside–giving me hope that there are more short story collections out there that I’ll enjoy. Right now, over the weekend and tonight, I am sampling….essays! The most dreaded item this side of …poetry. And, guess what? Yep, I’m enjoying them. Here then are the winning short stories and a collection of essays I have not yet sampled.
What about you? Are you making any changes this year? Leave me a comment or a link to your post.