Hello friends and Happy Tuesday … and what I hope is going to be the downhill side of a holding-my-breath time*. Sharing about books and reading seems appropriate for today because books and reading have been the most pleasant distraction of these past days since Sara left**. I should say books and reading and THINKING about books and reading! honestly, I overthought how I wanted to approach this year a LOT. and I’m going to spare y’all the craziness that was that thought process and simply share where I’ve ended up. Anyway 🙂
Anne Bogel shared a “new approach” to her annual Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge last month. It’s a kind of choose-your-own-adventure thing and relies very much on you knowing what you want and need from your reading life. hummmm…. I had a few ideas – like more diversity, continued delight, more connection (talking about the books I’m reading with other readers is one of my most favorite things!), fewer new&shiny, maybe more paper (I LOVE to write in books and hold them in my hands). Also, I belong to three bookclubs (Modern Mrs Darcy, Fiction Matters, and my neighborhood – I pay for those first two and the money is well-spent) and regularly read-along with my small group at church. and … in a reasonable year, I probably read about 100 books. cue the overthinking, right?! Late last week – yikes, it’s almost the middle of January and I still haven’t figured this out??!! – I put pen to paper (full disclosure, I first sat down at my laptop and typed … and then transcribed what I was happy with.) This is the first page of the reading journal I started on Friday.
and here are the first two pages of book entries
Of course I overthought everything about what to write on these pages, too. (hah! not to mention the several hours I spent figuring out how to best get little printed copies of the book covers).
This afternoon, I caught up the journal for the other three books I’ve finished this year and have to say … it was a LOT more fun for me to do this than write anything on Goodreads. I did let Goodreads know what I read and how many stars I gave it. Goodreads is good about keeping up with those details.
If you could decipher what I wrote on that opening page, you’ll know that the Aspen Words prize is important to me (all the books on that list meet all four of my reading intentions). The Short List comes out February 17 and I want to read all of it. At this point, I’m thinking that will be 4-5 books (depending on the selection), and for sure will include Transcendent Kingdom. I don’t really keep a TBR list, but I did add a few titles on Goodreads when I snagged the maybe-I’ll-use-these photos for my journal
and I have to say … I haven’t been this excited about a year of reading in years.
What’s exciting YOU about reading this year?!
*I’ve shared with more than one friend this “holding my breath” … and it seems to be a thing for all of us. I relaxed a bit yesterday morning when the threats of violence weren’t so much realized on Sunday. but then seeing the photos of Washington just make me sad. Sara reminded me on Sunday that it was the 4-year anniversary of the Women’s March. and to think about all that’s transpired since then. to land us here. surely we’re going to be on a better path after tomorrow. still. holding my breath.
**aside from tennis … which I did enjoy with Karen and Katie on Sunday … and which I missed this morning because the courts were frozen! which – happily – gave me more time to read.