It’s always difficult to find the balance between making too many reading and blogging plans, which causes me to feel stressed out and unjoyful, and not making any plans, which robs me of the pleasure of anticipation and accomplishment. There are some challenges and projects that I want to keep long-term, while others come and go.
In the “ongoing” category, I’ll most likely celebrate Reading the Theatre in April again, and try to read some books in other languages in the summer. Then there is my Around the World project, which I somewhat neglected last year but would like to give more focus in the coming months. I’ve joined the StoryGraph Reads the World Challenge, which may help.
I decided to start my own challenge on The StoryGraph as well: a Spiritual Memoir Challenge. I’ve been mulling over this idea for a while, and now feels like the right time to do it. More details and a sign-up post will be coming tomorrow, so look for that if you’re interested.
Last year I very much enjoyed the readalongs of the Chronicles of Narnia and the Dark Is Rising series, and was sad when these came to an end. However, Chris of Calmgrove, with some encouragement from me, announced that he’s hosting a #LoveHain readalong of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish novels (her major SF works). I have the Library of America set of these but I haven’t read all of them, so it’s a great opportunity for me to read from my own shelves as well as for exploring one of my favorite authors along with others. Please join us, if you’re so inclined.
Otherwise, I’ll see what comes my way as the year progresses. What plans do you have for the upcoming year?