As usual, I’m sitting in front of desk with a hot cup of coffee (probably my third cup) as I type this. With the year coming to an end in less than two weeks, I’m thinking about the direction I want to take my blog next year and also what to read for the rest of this year.
Right now it seems like my reading is being pulled in a lot of different directions. During the semester, my reading can be pretty narrow as I focus on the subjects I’m taking which often leave me with little or no time to read for pleasure. Now that the semester is over, I’m slowly feeling my mind stir back to life.
Sitting on my nightstand and one special bookshelf are stacks of books that I really want to read. They range from books about creativity to feminism, historical fiction to books in translation. I’m pretty excited about my reading because it’s based purely on the things I’m curious about.
I know a lot of bloggers are trying their best to finish challenges, reviews, and other loose ends so they can have a fresh start in the new year. I have a few review copies I would love to finish before the end of the year but I’m not going to really worry about obligatory reading.
What’s inspiring my reading?
Something that’s inspiring my reading right now is the lack of non-fiction I read this year. I read a handful of non-fiction and I want to change that because I buy a ton of non-fiction and I know there’s a lot of great books sitting on my shelves unread. A few non-fiction books that I’ve been eyeing are The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant, Lit by Mary Karr, and A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates.
Right now I’m reading more to absorb than to critique. Is it me or is there something about the end of the year that makes reviewing harder to do? I still plan on reviewing the books I read earlier this month but I’m finding reviewing to be harder than usual.
So I’m off to curl up with a good book since I finished my coffee! What are you reading? What inspires your reading right now? Is it book challenges, curiosity, review copies?