Best wishes on this Easter Sunday, for those who celebrate it. It also happens that we are now 1/4 of the way through 2013, which is a good time to check progress on my 2013 Reading Resolutions, and then look ahead to April’s reading.
So far this year I’ve finished 13 books. I haven’t had any 5-star reads yet, but have read several good, solid 3.5-4 star books. I’m well into my 14th book, Sarah Grand’s The Beth Book, which I’m reading for the Classics Spin. The challenge was to read the book by April 1. Um … did the rules say I had to finish it by then?! I’m bending those rules just a teensy bit, and will count this one as a March read. So that’s 14 books in the first quarter, just off the 5-books-a-month pace that became my norm in 2012. Now let’s take a look at those Reading Resolutions:
- I will read more books from my stacks than I acquire. YES! I did it! First of all, I only added 5 books to my library this quarter. And all but one of the books I read came from my stacks. The other was from the library. Huzzah!
- I will continue making progress on all reading projects, but especially the Booker Prize, Women’s Prize, and Virago Modern Classics. I’m doing OK with this one, except for getting distracted by other books in January and not reading a single Women’s Prize/Orange Prize book as I’d planned. Well, there’s always Orange July.
- I will continue to foster community with other book bloggers. I’m really enjoying The Classics Club, and had fun with a group read sponsored by my book buddy Rebecca from Love at First Book.
- I will read more short stories. I’m really happy with this one. I started the year with a stack of 9 short story collections on my nightstand, and through a simple bedtime reading routine I’ve managed to finish 3 of them.
So what does April have in store? The other day I caught Woody, my 5-year-old yellow lab, checking out my book stack:
- The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Adichie’s two novels, Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus, were absolutely great. I’d like to read these short stories before her new novel, Americanah, comes out later this year.
- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald: My husband read this last month, and is really grumpy I haven’t gotten to it yet. I want to make hubby happy, of course, and I’d like to read it before the seeing the new film.
- The Misses Mallett, by E.H. Young: I have several of Young’s novels in my Virago Modern Classics collection. They are a delight, and this story of three spinsters and their niece sounds like a fun read.
- The Big Rock Candy Mountain, by Wallace Stegner: Welp, This was on my March stack because of a LibraryThing group read, but I got so caught up reading Anthony Trollope that I didn’t get to this one. Every time I checked in with the discussion thread I could tell people loved it. So, April it is!
And finally, there’s The Dinner, by Herman Koch. This book isn’t in the photo because I’ve requested it from my local library. After nearly a month, I’m finally at the top of the queue. I’m really intrigued by this dark, disturbing book that everyone seems to be talking about.
So that’s it for me — a pretty good year so far,