I know that I said that I wasn’t going to sign up for many reading challenges at all this year, but I’ve found a few more that I just can’t resist.
Two new challenges that will give my reading a helpful shove in the right direction, and two old favourites that I know, love and can’t possibly miss.
There’s a balance to be struck between structure and freedom, and I hope that I’m finding it…
“As My Whimsy Takes Me”
When I first read Dorothy L Sayers I picked up her books in random order, and it was only later that I realised how the series developed and grew as it progresses. I decided that I would reread all of her books in order. I gathered up copies but I hadn’t quite got started.
But then Cristina at Rochester Reader decided to do the same thing and invited others to join her. Of course, I had to say yes!
I have fallen out of the habit of reading historical fiction over the last few years, and I am realising now that I really miss it, that I really want to lose myself in stories from another age again.
That’s the first level for this challenge at Historical Tapestry covered, and I know that signing up will inspire me to read more wonderful books.
I have always loved this challenge, and I know that I can easily meet the target of reading eleven books first published in 2011.
I’ve already read – and very much liked one – Darkside by Belinda Bauer.
I’m reading another new book, which is absolutely lovely, right now – Invisible River by Helena McEwen
And I can already think of a third, which is a very high priority among my unread books – Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
Thank you Michelle for hosting this one for another year.
I have Michelle to thank for this one too.
Now I don’t necessarily think of myself as a reder of award winning books, but there are many intriguing titles that I have picked up from award lists, and I have spotted many interesting books because they have the name of an award – often one that I haven’t heard of – on the cover. So five winners in 10 months sounds like a very nice propostion.
I’m not going to name any books, but I’m going to have a lovely time perusing lists and picking up unfamiliar titles that I see have won awards.
And I think that’s plenty to keep me busy and happy – at least for now!