Wednesday, 2 July 2014
As I often tend to towards the end of the month, I spent Monday night sorting through my bookshelves and trying to decide on a few goals for the next month. I love to do this and usually several books jump out shouting 'read me, read me'. Last night though, I faced a slight conundrum when approximately 90% of my bookshelves demanded to be read. That's a significant number of books, far more than I can read in a lifetime (slight exaggeration), let alone a month.
Faced with this situation I decided to declare July as a 'free reading' month. Aside from a very exciting readalong I'm joining in on, I don't have any specific challenges or topics to focus on this month or any books I really should be reading and reviewing. In the spirit of that then, I'm going to read whatever the hell I like.
Perhaps I'll fancy a stroll with Wilkie (obviously), or maybe it's time to re-read an old favourite. It could be that the mood suddenly strikes to tackle one of the more intimidating classics on my Classics Club list. I may be swept away into another flurry of World War One reading and knock one or two books off my War Books Challenge - it is the countdown to the big day now after all. There is even a likelihood that I spend some time with a Russian author or two. Or maybe, ignoring all that, I will decide to read lighter, more summery reads.
Only time will tell.
In the meantime I will carry on with The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky which I picked up in Spitalfields Market on Sunday and started straight away. Three cheers for spontaneous bookish purchases.
I would love any recommendations for things to read as I shimmy my way through July. You know if I'm encouraged to read Wilkie, I most definitely will.
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