Happy New Year! New Happy Year! Either greeting works fine, don’t you think? When a new year unfolds, people have this habit of changing some things to align with the changing of the years. I usually have that going on, and my blogging is no exception.
The first set of changes that will take place over here is the way I pick my books to read for the month. I will have required categories and I have come up with three. They are the following:
- A book for my Noble Nobel Project – I feel so ignoble for ignoring this personal project. I must continue.
- A book for the Classics Club Project – If I keep at my current pace, I won’t be able to finish my 75 books in 5 years. Although I still have 4.25 years left, I don’t want to rush this in the future.
- Our book club’s book of the month – Yes, I will continue to read them and join the monthly discussions.
This doesn’t mean that I will only read three books a month. Sure, I may have failed a couple of months now to even finish that number of books, but hey, this is a good time to improve my reading, right? So I will pick four books per month that I will challenge myself to finish, and if the month is pretty good for reading, I will pick an extra book which I will be reporting. Note that the fourth book can be any book (a random book, a buddy read), but I’m leaning toward short story collections for this year because I noticed the dearth of short stories in my read shelf. I find that shocking because I remember I was inured to the wonders of literature by the short story, not to mention that I used to write amateur short stories back then.
So yes, here’s this month’s reading plan:
- The Noble Nobel Project: The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness – this is what I got for our book club’s exchange gift. Yay! I want to read it for three reasons. First, I want to take in the freshness of a new book. Second, it was David Mitchell’s favorite book for a time. And third, I miss Laxness’s storytelling.
- The Classics Club: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – I know, this was in my last month’s reading plan, but I figured I should start the new year with a gigantic book. This, I think, is a perfect choice for that requirement. We also have a reading support group ongoing at our book club. I’m excited to join the participants to rave about this.
- GR-TFG’s Book of the Month: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – this book beat Dune by Frank Herbert and Unwind by Neil Shusterman at our offline and online polls. I voted for it, so yes, I’m excited to read it.
- The Fourth: This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz – another book that has been selected in one of the previous months. This time, I will finish it. I will stick to this plan. What use is a plan if I don’t follow it, right?
I’d also like to list down the second set of changes that I’ll be doing over here. First, I’ll be scratching off two categories. Let’s bid goodbye to Diaries and Quarterly Rhapsody. The Diaries is signing off because I don’t think I will be able to find extra time to chronicle my progress with thick books. I think doing a single extra long write-up will suffice for such books, right?
It’s actually such a shame to give this up because I was able to inspire another blogger to do the same. I hope she continues the tradition (she’s a bit inactive as of late). Anyway, all existing posts under this category will be filed under Reading, which I really have no use as of this moment. I will think of something to do with it soon.
As for the Quarterly Rhapsody, it won’t really say goodbye. The nature of posts under this category are similar to my Sunday Salon and Whatnot posts. I’ll file all existing posts under the latter.
What else? Well, if I intend to finish Les Miserables this month, I have to start reading now. Let’s raise our virtual glasses to another bookish year. And thanks for always visiting my blog, for reading my posts, for sharing your thoughts, for liking, for following, for linking, for reblogging, for everything. It means a lot to me. Happy New Year! New Happy Year! :)