No foolin’, 2012 is 25% complete, so it’s time to take stock of my year in reading (so far).
I finished 16 books, and have 1 long-term read in progress (Middlemarch). Although I’ve often felt like I’m reading more slowly, this is pretty much the same pace as first quarter 2011. I’ve had two 5-star reads so far this year and oddly enough, I read both in the same week ! Click on the titles to read my reviews:
And let’s not forget my 2012 Reading Resolutions. There are only four, but one is proving especially challenging:
- I will read more books from my stacks than I acquire. Whose idea was this, anyway? The good news is, the majority of books read this quarter were ones I already own: 3 Virago Modern Classics, 7 from my stacks, and 1 re-read on my Kindle. I’m well on my way to achieving my 2012 goal to read 30-40 books I already own. The bad news? I added 21 books to my home library, 11 of which are VMCs. And I can’t blame it all on my birthday. Cringe. Sigh. Moving on …
- I will read more non-fiction. Success! I’ve read 3 non-fiction books already, and have enjoyed “mixing it up” a bit.
- I will continue making progress on all reading projects, but especially the Booker Prize, Orange Prize, and Virago Modern Classics. I’m on a good pace with this one. Orange January started the year off right, and one-quarter into the year, I’m exactly one-quarter of the way towards my Virago and Booker reading goals.
- I will increase interaction with the book blogging community. In January, I expanded the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary beyond LibraryThing to the blogosphere, and I’m delighted with the enthusiastic participation in both venues. I also recently joined The Classics Club. And I’m happy to say I’m seeing new visitors to my blog! I love all the comments and discussion.
And while the year may be 25% over, that just means 75% of the year is still to come, and with it more great books. In the next few months I’m looking forward to reading more books by Elizabeth Taylor, a Persephone, a few books from my stacks (of course!) and … um … a couple of books I plan to buy soon (blush).
What books are you looking forward to reading?