How was the first week of 2013 for you? I was lucky to be off work the entire week, plus the week before, so it’s been an enjoyable time spent with family. I also finished my first book of 2013, and my first by Angela Thirkell: Pomfret Towers (read my review). Earlier in the week, I published my 2013 Reading Resolutions which include, among other goals, an intention to read more from my stacks, and to read more short stories. Not surprisingly, my January book stack has both of these goals in mind:
Here’s what I’m planning to read this month:
- The Progress of Love, by Alice Munro: this collection of short stories is now in a prominent place on my nightstand and I’ve read a bit each night before going to sleep. So far this seems like a good way to get through my many unread volumes of short fiction.
- Some Tame Gazelle, by Barbara Pym: If 2012 was all about Elizabeth Taylor, 2013 will be all about Barbara Pym, as this time it’s her centenary year. Once again, the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics Group is celebrating the occasion by reading one book per month, in order of publication. Some Tame Gazelle was Pym’s debut novel, so of course it’s our January read. I started it yesterday and am enjoying it a lot already.
- Never Mind, by Edward St. Aubyn: the book shown is actually an omnibus of his four Patrick Melrose novels. Never Mind is the first, and a fifth novel has since been published. The fourth, Mother’s Milk, was nominated for the Booker Prize several years ago. It sounded interesting, but as much as I wanted to check another prize nominee off my list, I couldn’t bring myself to do it without reading the first books in the series.
- Ice Road, by Gillian Slovo: this is an Orange Prize nominee from back in 2004. I picked this up from a friend who recently culled her shelves. It’s Orange January, so why not read it now?
Speaking of Orange January, there are two other titles I’d like to read this month, which I’ll borrow from my local library. Both are from the 2002 short list:
- A Child’s Book of True Crime, by Chloe Hooper
- No Bones, by Anna Burns
To be honest, I’m not sure I will get to both, especially given Ice Road‘s chunkiness, and having to return to the “real world” of my job on Monday. Wish me luck!