Sunday, 10 February 2013

Reading Plans

In an attempt to start clearing out the TBR and become slightly more organised in my reading habits, I have set aside the books I want to read for the rest of February and March. This may all go terribly wrong. I have visions that I will rebel and read none of the books I am setting out to read. I'm like the naughty kid who always does the opposite to what they're told. There may be foot stamping and screaming. But then again, I may actually succeed. Let's see shall we?

On the left we have my reading material for the remainder of February and in the horizontal pile we have my reading for March. (Do you like my pig? I think he looks rather majestic). The Periodic Table and Night are my two selections for the Translation Challenge this month. As I said in an earlier post, I think it will be interesting to read these two together seeing as they deal with the same issues. I started The Land of Decoration today and so far I've been struck by how much of a religious undertone there is. I expect I'll review this one in more detail because I am loving the way it is written from a ten-year-old's perspective.

In March I am participating in A Literary Odyssey's Modern March event. For this I am definitely aiming to read A Moveable Feast (at last!), As I Lay Dying (this has sat on my shelf for about five years) and A Room of One's Own. I've got Jacob's Room up there as an extra in case I really feel the need for some Woolf in my life. Finally, The Bookseller of Kabul is my choice for the Translation Challenge.

I also need to get myself a copy of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer. I have just joined the book club at my local independent book store and this is the first read. Apparently the meetings consist of talking about books and eating pizza so I am understandably pretty excited to join.

I'm still ticking on with Quiet by Susan Cain at the moment and, for all those on Team Wilkie out there, I've just put Peter Ackroyd's Wilkie Collins biography by my bed for some bedtime Wilkie loving.

Everyone cross their fingers (and anything else you wish to cross) and hope for my success in this potentially impossible venture.



  1. Naaaaah, you'll be alright! (Probably. I mean, who am I to say? Hehe)

    Holy Holocaust literature Batman! I feel like you need something fun slotted in there juuuust to take the edge off, maybe? *shrug*

    I'm interested to find out what you think of Quiet- I've just finished it, and I'm a bit 'meh' about it in itself, but it's really really made me think about a lot of things to do with myself and so from that viewpoint I'm like 'IT'S THE BEST EVER!' So I'm a bit conflicted, is what I'm saying.

    1. On reflection, this pile certainly is a bit doom and gloom! However, reading Holocaust lit over Valentine's seem like a delightful 'screw you' to the holiday. Because I'm not like anti-valentine's or anything.

      I think I will be 'meh' about it too. I'm about half way through and I keep thinking 'YAY for introverts' but then there is something about it which is not quite making it the book I thought it'd be. Tricky one. But I shall keep you informed.

  2. I hope your plans go well Ellie. I have tried planning what I'll read a bit more sometimes and I am terrible at sticking to it. There are some books on your pile that I'd love to read one day.
    I love the pig!
    I enjoyed The Land of Decoration more than I expected I would. I think I wasn't sure about it because of the religious theme but I thought it was a very good read actually.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog on the Quick Reads post. Following your blog now.


    1. I think I'll be terrible at sticking to it too but it's worth a try.
      The religious theme in The Land of Decoration really took me by surprise but I'm glad I stuck with it as I've really enjoyed it.
      Thank you for commenting and for following me!


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