Monday, January 16, 2017
Ramblings from the Stacks - Reading in 2017
My goal in 2016 was to push myself more in what I read and I feel like I did pretty well. Not every book was a hit but I got something out of each one - even if it was learning that a particular sub-genre isn't for me.
But as 2016 wound down I found myself getting overwhelmed in book world. I love my books and I love getting new books but I feel like I've lost control of the stacks. There are so many books either stacked up in corners, on my Kindle or on lists to be borrowed from the library and I want to read them all but sometimes it feels impossible. I've spent some time stacking books and making lists and reading about the challenges that other people are doing (and which I really enjoy following along with!) all the while thinking about what I want to do. And after a bit of thinking and pondering and overthinking some more I came up with a strategy - I'm going to read what I want to read. That's not exactly groundbreaking I know but my goal is to do it mindfully.
So I decided to schedule. I flipped through my TBR and pulled out the first books that jumped out at me. There's a mix of books - romance, mysteries, fiction and and even a science fiction book. For now I'm only doing one a month with an occasional classic added in.
My schedule this year -
Reason: I adore Sarah Maclean on the podcast Avon on the Air which has not had a new episode in far too long and have heard fabulous things about a book. This is the first book in a series that she describes as Regency Era TMZ.
February - Still Life by Louise Penny
Reason: This is a mystery series I discovered after I started blogging and I've been meaning to read it since the beginning. I love the sound of the Quebec setting and the more procedural style mystery.
March - The Lake House by Kate Morton
Reason: I read one Kate Morton book years and years ago and loved it and swore I'd read more. That of course hasn't happened but after this book came out I decided I needed to make an effort to make it happen because this one sounds amazing!
April - Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper
Reason: I was so excited about this series when it came out. I love cozies, I love teapots and a whole series involving both just seemed to good to pass up!
Reason: It's been described as Regency Clue. I really must read it. Since May is my birthday month this book seems like a perfect birthday present to me!
June - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Reason: I love Douglas Adams' style of humor and this book sounds bizarre and hilarious and completely confusing!
July - Garden Spell by Sarah Addison Allen
Reason: The summer before last I read my very first Sarah Addison Allen book and it was such a perfect summer read. I've been wanting to read Garden Spell ever since and it seems like it'd be another perfect summer read.
August - Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
Reason: In August school starts back and I get a little bit of my brain back! This book sounds like a good change of pace.
September - In the Woods by Tana French
Reason: Pretty much all that I said about Still Life except this one seems a little darker and is set in Ireland.
October - Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Reason: I wanted something a little spooky and I love all things Jack the Ripper!
November - Week in Winter by Maeve Binchey
Reason: Maeve Binchey is an author I've been wanting to read for at least a decade but somehow never did. I own a copy of this one and it sounds wonderful. I'm really looking forward to reading this one!
December - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Reason: Last year I attempted to reread Great Expectations which I hated when I read it in high school. Turns out almost 20 years later I still didn't like it but I could really appreciate Dickens' ability to create atmosphere and memorable characters. I've always loved this story and this is the year to actually read it!
I've got high hopes for the scheduling! I'm thinking this is the year I'll finally get some of those "I've been meaning to get that read for ages" books read! What changes do you hope to make going forward? Anything you did in 2016 that you plan to keep going?