So, I’ve set my GoodReads Reading Challenge at 40 books. Quite the jump up from last year’s goal of 25. (Which I technically met, but I feel like I didn’t because a good chunk of the tallies were comic books. Ha.) But I’m feeling hopeful, and I’m feeling ambitious. Also, life is short and there are way too many books that I want to read.
Speaking of books that I want to read, I’ve decided this morning that I’m participating in LARMonth, or Long-Awaited Reads Month. After hearing about it from Sasha and Carina, I thought it would be a good way to kickstart the year, and get cracking at my ambitious 40 books. Here is the line-up. I’m pretty nervous, to be honest.
- Originally, I wanted to tackle Murakami’s 1Q84. But when I thought about it—really thought about it—I realized that 1,000+ pages is definitely not feasible this month, what with the other novels that I’m planning on reading. So I opted instead for a shorter—and older—Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. It’s still quite thick—600+ pages, lest I’m mistaken—but much more doable than 1Q84. Plus, I’ve been wanting to read this for far longer. Only fair, right?
- Elizabeth Elliot’s A Chance to Die has been a stop-and-go read for years. Picked it up way back in 2007, picked it up again in 2012. Both times, I was unsuccessful at finishing it. But third time’s the charm, right? I look forward to returning to Amy Carmichael. She was such a character, and so passionate for the Lord and His work. I seriously wish I could have met her and, you know, been friends. There’s always heaven, right?
- Finally, finally will be finishing Descartes’ Meditations.
On top of these, I’ll continue on with Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath—really enjoying it so far—and I’ll maybe even throw in a comic book or two. (City of Owls heeeeeeey.)
It’s going to be a good month.