For somebody who is 50% of a bookish blog, I suck at reading. I like books but I am bad at them. Since childhood I have been a slow reader and my lack of speed can often translate into lack of interest in reading.
My desire to read more is the primary reason that I proposed this blog to Erin back in 2015, and it remains the main source of nearly all of the books I read. I would like to change this up a bit. I have books that have been on my shelf for years without ever being touched and I am committing this year to knocking out a bunch of them. I am taking inspiration from the Twitter hashtag #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks created by @estellasrevenge. Each month I have a goal to read at least one book that has been on my shelf for over a year that isn’t for a pairing.
Here is my current goal list:
January: Finish up books I have started – I will complete Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson and the Star Wars novel Bloodline by Claudia Gray, which I started some time ago.
February: Comics – I have several comics I have been meaning to read. I hope to have no unread comics left on my shelf at the end of February. A few titles include Pussey! by Daniel Clowes, The Starman Omnibus by James Robinson and Tony Harris, and The Plot by Will Eisner.
March: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
April: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
May: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
June: The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald
July: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
August: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
September: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
October: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
November: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
December: Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
I’ll be posting blog updates at the end of every month and using these books to expand my things to talk about on the podcast.
Happy 2017 Reading,