I did it! I completed both the reading challenges I joined in 2013.
I got off to a strong start with my
challenge, and actually read
more than 24 books from my own shelves, but the rules said I could count only
those books that were on my shelf prior to Mount
TBR Jan. 1, 2013. I continued to buy books throughout the year
(possibly ending up with more than I started with—I’m afraid to count) and read
quite a few of those during 2013, too. I will continue to read from my shelves
in 2014, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that the only way I’ll be able to
make any real headway in reducing the stacks will be if I put myself on a
book-buying fast for a few months. I may do this, though I know I’ll find it
While I came it at “just” 24 (my goal) for the
challenge, I exceeded my goal
for the Vintage Mystery Challenge. It was so much fun! I loved the different
categories, with names like “Colorful Crime” (“a book with a color or reference
to color in the title”) or “Country House Criminals” (“a standard—or not so
standard—Golden Age country house murder”). I plan to join 2014’s Vintage
Mystery Challenge, which has a Bingo theme. (Click here for a complete list of the books I read for each challenge.) Mount
I’m down to two books left to finish for my year-end reading, Personal Pleasures and Wherever You Go, There You Are. I don’t think I’ll finish them by the end of the year, but you never know. I plan to take the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day to relax and do some extra reading
Other than the two books mentioned above, what will I be reading? I’m so glad you asked!
I went a little crazy with the library holds, which, of course, all came in at the same time. (I don’t expect to finish all these within my three-week borrowing period—I’m sure several of them will have to be renewed.)
Here is the book bounty:
Unpacking My Bookshelves—Writers and Their Books, Leah Price. I can hardly think of a more appealing book to a nosy book fiend like me. This book will probably inspire a post all on its own.
The Heroine’s Bookshelf, Erin Blakemore. I’ve only just flipped through this book, but already I wish I had written it.
Thin Is the New Happy, Valerie Frankel. I’m already halfway through this memoir of Frankel’s efforts to “exorcise her bad body-image demons, to uncover the truths behind what put them there, and to learn how to truly love herself.”
Ten Dollar Dinners, Melissa D’Arabian. I am always looking for creative and inexpensive ways to feed the family.
The Myths of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky. Subtitled: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does.” I’m looking forward to reading this book that “empowers readers to look beyond their first response, sharing scientific evidence that often it is our mindset—not our circumstances—that matters most.”
Why We Ride: Women Writers on the Horses in Their Lives, edited by Verna Dreisbach. I can’t wait to read this collection of essays exploring the ways horses have enriched the lives of the contributors, including Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries. With an introduction by Jane Smiley.
You’re probably wondering where the fiction is. I’m already reading Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley, and I’ll pick something else from my own overloaded shelves when I finish that.
So you see I’ll have plenty to occupy me as the 2013 reading year comes to an end. I’m looking forward to curling up with a cup of tea or coffee and immersing myself in some of these.
What are your plans for year’s end, reading or otherwise?