Firstly 2020 Reading Plans – How did I do?
- State of the TBR – I did actually read ten more books than 2019 from the TBR that I’d owned before 2020 began, but over the year I’ve added loads to it too. Blame it on lockdown browsing. However, I’ve decided that now I’m 60, I’m not going to stress about it any more which may take the pressure off and encourage me to read more of the books I already own. Famous last words, methinks!
- Host Paul Auster Reading Week – this I did (see here), and was delighted that so many joined in.
- Reading book series – well I managed the next three Maigrets, but forgot the next Mick Herron spy novels. However, I did read all five books in the Patrick Melrose series.
- Diversity in reading – I managed to read quite well in translation generally plus three novels written by African authors, two from India and several by US/UK BAME authors.
- Joining in elsewhere – I joined in loads of themed reading – for different authors, countries, decades etc.
Now for 2021…
I’m simplifying things. Taking the pressure off the TBR and series reads just leaves me with two aims plus an announcement.
- Diversity in reading – I hope to increase reading in translation and by BAME authors. However, my male:female reading ratio will be what it will be – I do not choose books because of the author’s gender, never have.
- Joining in elsewhere – basically, whenever I can. So, in January, for starters I’ll be taking part in the European Reading Challenge 2021 hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader, and the Japanese Literature Challenge 14 hosted by Dolce Bellezza.
And that announcement…
Last year, when I was choosing which author to feature in a reading week, I suggested my next favourite writer (after Auster and Beryl Bainbridge) too, but Auster won the poll that time. This year, I’d like to feature/re-read/catch up with the work of that author. Will you join me in …
During the Easter school hols, I plan to host ‘BanksRead‘ when I hope you’ll join me in reading/re-reading some of the works of Iain (M) Banks, both his mainstream and SF novels. This is something I had been planning before in 2013, then the announcement came that he had terminal cancer and I shelved it. It’s time now. I have revamped my ‘BanksRead’ project page above where you can find a list of his books. Nearer the time, I’ll do a sign up post. It’ll be fun!