In which we kick off the new year with some questionably feasible ambitions of the literary persuasion

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.

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7 thoughts on “In which we kick off the new year with some questionably feasible ambitions of the literary persuasion”

  1. I’ve been sitting on Snyder’s run with The New 52 because I like to hoard before I jump in—but am definitely going to go into that this year. Sometime after I’ve stopped drooling at it. (Might read a Batman comic for January, though. *shifty eyes*) —— Anyway, best of luck with #LARMonth, and I hope you (all of us) get what we want out of it, haha. Happy New Year!

    1. Hahaha, nice. By all means, drool away—your Batman collection is enviable! But anyway, I’m excited for you to read Snyder’s stuff. :D I think you’ll like it. Also, thank you for the warm wishes! Same to you, m’dear!

    1. Same here. I enjoyed Sputnik Sweetheart and After Dark, but there’s something about Wind-Up Bird that resonates with me more. Maybe because it’s less emo, haha. I dunno.

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