Skip to main content

Looking ahead to 2014

Another year, more books to read. I'm looking forward to discover new books and authors and possibly genres in the course of 2014.

If you have followed this blog for any length of time you will know that I have a tendency to make resolutions I don't keep or enter/create ambitious and complicated challenges that I fail to fulfil. There have been some I have finished successfully, e.g. the resolution to read 50 TBR books in 2013  and the 365 short stories challenge I did a few years ago. But mostly I tend to start well and then lose interest little by little until the resolution/challenge has become a millstone around my neck and I give up.

This year I am going to take it easy. Well, fairly easy. I read 60 TBR books in 2013, 10 more than I set out to finish. Consequently, this year I am going to set out to read 60 of my TBR books in the course of the year, because I know I can do it. If I end up with fewer TBR books than I set out with, it will be a bonus.

I also plan to read at least two more books for my Brontë project. Which ones? I don't know yet, but I think I might choose one reread (i.e. Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights) and possibly Agnes Grey, which I already read one chapter of last year.

My only other - let's call it a plan, because I don't want to call it a resolution - is to read more non-fiction. I plan to do this every year (sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't), because I enjoy non-fiction and in fact tend to give non-fiction books higher marks than I do fiction, which would seem to indicate that I like it better than fiction. My favourite genre, travelogues, is certainly non-fiction, and so is my second favourite, popular science. I have some interesting choices lined up in both genres but I do not intend to commit to finishing any particular titles.

I was toying with a possible century reading project, covering the 73 years of the 19th century from which I have not read any books (to read more about that, click here). For that purpose I gathered together a list of possible novels and then got carried away and managed to find books for every year of the 19th century that I might like to read, and for most of the 18th century as well. Most are British or American, but there is a smattering of Icelandic, French, Italian and Russian as well.

However, I am not going to commit to anything now. I may pick out the occasional book from the list in the course of the year, because there are a lot of juicy classics on it, but I'm not going to stress myself over it. I might follow Alex in Leed's example and create a book jar with only these titles.

How about you? If you have a book blog and have posted your resolutions or reading plans for 2014, please leave a link in the comment box. I would love to see what you are planning to read.


Comments

George said…
It's not the goal, it's the journey. I enjoy your ambitious reading schedule.

Popular posts from this blog

How to make a simple origami bookmark

Here are some instructions on how to make a simple origami (paper folding) bookmark:

Take a square of paper. It can be patterned origami paper, gift paper or even office paper, just as long as it’s easy to fold. The square should not be much bigger than 10 cm/4 inches across, unless you intend to use the mark for a big book. The images show what the paper should look like after you follow each step of the instructions. The two sides of the paper are shown in different colours to make things easier, and the edges and fold lines are shown as black lines.


Fold the paper in half diagonally (corner to corner), and then unfold. Repeat with the other two corners. This is to find the middle and to make the rest of the folding easier. If the paper is thick or stiff it can help to reverse the folds.



Fold three of the corners in so that they meet in the middle. You now have a piece of paper resembling an open envelope. For the next two steps, ignore the flap.



Fold the square diagonally in two. You…

Reading report for January 2014

Here it is, finally: the reading report for January. (February‘s report is in the works: I have it entered into Excel and I just need to transfer it into Word, edit the layout and write the preface. It will either take a couple of days or a couple of months).

I finished 26 books in January, although admittedly a number of them were novellas. As I mentioned in my previous post, I delved into a new(ish) type of genre: gay (or M/M) romance. I found everything from genuinely sweet romance to hardcore BDSM, in sub-genres like fantasy, suspense and mystery and even a quartet of entertaining (and unlikely) rock star romances. Other books I read in January include the highly enjoyable memoir of cooking doyenne Julia Child, two straight romances, and Jennifer Worth‘s trilogy of memoirs about her experiences as a midwife in a London slum in the 1950s. I also watched the first season of the TV series based on these books and may (I say 'may') write something about this when I have finis…

List love: A growing list of recommended books with elderly protagonists or significant elderly characters

I think it's about time I posted this, as I have been working on it for a couple of months.
I feel there isn’t enough fiction written about the elderly, or at least about the elderly as protagonists. The elderly in fiction tend to be supporting characters, often wise elders (such as  Dumbledore in the Harry Potter books) or cranky old neighbour types (e.g. the faculty of Unseen University in the Discworld series) or helpless oldsters (any number of books, especially children’s books) for the protagonist to either help or abuse (depending on whether they’re a hero or not).
Terry Pratchett has written several of my favourite elderly protagonists and they always kick ass in one way or another, so you will see several of his books on this list, either as listed items or ‘also’ mentions.
Without further ado: Here is a list of books with elderly protagonists or significant, important elderly characters. I leave it up to you to decide if you’re interested or not, but I certainly enjoyed…