There is something invigorating about beginning a new year and the initial drive to accomplish all those new goals. This month has been about 3 things: nonfiction, Indie Lit Awards, and making sure I'm reading books I want to read. So far it has worked out well.
- 2011 didn't have nearly enough nonfiction, so I'm busy quenching that thirst, partially with the help of a newfound love: audible.com (more on that soon.)
- Participating in the Indie Lit Awards has been, once again, a good experience. I won't be able to share my opinions about the short list until the winner is announced mid-March, but believe me: there are opinions. :)
- In an attempt to enjoy my reading more, I've mandated that at least every other book needs to be one that I want to read...not for an obligation. So far, it has been wonderful. It isn't even that I'm reading completely different books than I would have otherwise, but I'm appreciating what I read more, and feeling more freedom with my choices.
11 Books Read in January:
- One and Only: the Untold Story of On the Road, Gerald Nicosia (3)
1 Read-Aloud for my kiddos:
- DragonQuest, Donita K. Paul (3)
3 for the Indie Lit Awards Short List:
- Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones
- The Last Time I Saw Paris, Lynn Sheene
- The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
- Up and Down Stairs, Jeremy Musson (4) (see my review)
- On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan (4.5) (see my review)
- Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand (4.5)
- Q's Legacy, Helene Hanff (3) (see my review)
- The Complete MAUS, Art Spiegelman (4)
- Newspaper Blackout, Austin Kleon (3.5) (see my review)
This month I read 4 books of 51 for my various year-long challenges:
- poetry: Newspaper Blackout (2 more to go)
- TBR shelf: Q's Legacy (9 more to go)
- Wishlist: On Chesil Beach (11 more to go)
- Back to the Classics: The Complete MAUS (8 more to go)
These don't count the two month-long challenges I plan on doing (junior fiction in April, classic novellas in August). Since I need to be reading 4 to 5 books/month to keep up with these challenges, I'd say I'm doing all right.
3 Current Reads:
- Song of the Lark, Willa Cather. This is a re-read for me. I super super loved it the first time I read it, so I'm looking forward to luxuriating in it a bit this time around. It will count towards my Willa Cather Challenge as well as my Back to the Classics Challenge.
- 1776, David McCullough. I've had [multiple copies of] this book for a few years now, and I've finally begun reading it. Actually, I've begun listening to it. I've discovered that I have more time for audiobooks than I thought I had, and it's a great way to get some nonfiction read. 1776 will count towards my TBR Shelf challenge.
- The Frozen Thames, Helen Humpreys. Made up of forty vignettes about the times the Thames has frozen solid, this delightful book is perfect for when you can't set aside more than a few minutes (or a few brain cells) to read.
On My Nightstand:
I just posted about all the new books that recently came into my house--those are the ones I'm longing to get to! I do have some more obligatory reading, though, so the next few books will probably be these:
- Cross Currents, John Shors (for the Indie Lit Awards short list)
- Night, Elie Wiesel
- The Odd Clauses, Jay Wexler (for LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
- The Hand That First Held Mine, Maggie O'Farrell