This week has gone by in a blur. I had a huge to-do list for the week but as I look back, I didn’t get much done! I did organize my bookshelves in preparation of next year’s reading challenges. (Who does that?) It surprised me to see that I own such a huge unread stack which I usually ignore to read books from the library. My unread tbr stack is one of the reasons why I signed up for The TBR Double Dare. This year I participated and failed miserably, but next year I’m hoping to read at least 50 books from my shelves. I want my home library to consist mostly of books that I’ve read and love instead of books that are unread.
My fiction bookcase. It’s double stacked with books.
The books at the top are library books. Click to enlarge.
Another 2012 reading challenge that I’m pretty excited about is the Chunskter Reading Challenge. I’m co-hosting it with Wendy and so far I’m having so much fun brainstorming ideas with her. The challenge starts in January this time around. The rules are mostly the same though there is a book club we’re starting for those who want to join a book club without leaving home and only want to read one or two really thick books next year.
Another thing that I worked on this week is my “favorites of 2011” list. I won’t call it “the best” because I often read books that were published years ago along with new reads. So far I’ve found at least 30 books to add to my list. I don’t know if I’m going to narrow that list down or just include everything. I do know that for the rest of the year, I’m only featuring books that I really love since I’m behind in reviews.
Last but not least, I’ve been thinking about what book I want to start 2012 off with. Sheila over at Book Journey wrote a post about her first book of 2012. I’ve been going through my stacks to see which book I want to curl up with at January 1st, one minute after midnight. Maybe my first book of the year will be a re-read like Toni Morrison’s Beloved or maybe something new like Among Others by Jo Walton or Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. Kelly Link’s short story collection, Magic for Beginners and the chunkster The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson makes me want to ignore my towering library stack to read both now. I have no idea what to start my new year off with but I’m glad that I have some amazing choices waiting for me.
So that’s it. I’m off to start another pot of coffee and continue reading Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein. What are you reading? Have you figured out what reading challenges you’re participating in next year? What book are you going to start the new year off with?