This week I was perusing some threads on LibraryThing, and came across yet another recommendation for C.J. Sansom’s Shardlake series of Tudor mysteries. This was probably the third such recommendation, which was enough to land it on my TBR list. I know I won’t be able to read it this year, just as I’m unlikely to fit in the last two mega-volumes of Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time. Suddenly I found myself with “three things I want to read soon but not this year.” And that can mean only one thing: a new list, and an early start to my 2012 reading record. One thing led to another, and I found myself thinking just a teensy bit more about next year’s reading.
I remember some bloggers attempting to read only from their TBR piles for the entire first quarter of 2011. I was thinking of doing something similar, but not as draconian. Maybe half of my first quarter reads? Or two-thirds? Well, whatever the goal, I feel like I need to substantially reduce my stacks. And if there are books I’ve had more than three years and haven’t read, maybe it’s time for a cull. A quick and easy way to absolve TBR guilt!
This week I also had a bit of fun trying out Amazon’s new Kindle book lending at my local library (nomadreader wrote a great post about how Kindle lending works). It was difficult to find books I want to read between now and year end, but I finally found one: Danielle Evans’ Before you Suffocate your own Fool Self. The truth is, I already own this book! But I downloaded it to my Kindle anyway, just to see how the eBook lending process works. It was easy as pie! I’m excited about the possibilities here, and hopefully the choice will continue to grow.
On Saturday I finished Kathleen Winter’s Annabel (I hope to post a review later today). I also listened to several hours of BBC Radio4’s Life and Fate (read my early thoughts here). What are you reading?
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