Happy New Year, everyone! Sheila at Book Journey is hosting a “First Book of the Year” linkup to show how we’re starting our reading year. I thought this was a fun idea, so here’s a picture of me with my first book of 2015, Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014). It’s a reimagining of the story of Peter Pan from the point of view of the villain, and since I just read Peter Pan to my son, I’m very interested to see how this develops. It also has a stunning cover design — be sure to look at a larger version to see all the details.
Otherwise this month, as I announced back in December, I’m starting out the year by joining up with fellow blogger Lark in a challenge to ourselves to temporarily stop checking books out of the library (with those pesky due dates) and read some of the perfectly good books that are sitting on our own shelves. I have some books that have been hanging around for years or even decades, and I’m excited to motivate myself to actually read them.
Here, I’d like to make it clear that I definitely support the library and check out oodles of books all year long. This challenge is just for one month to help me read some other things. Nothing against our wonderful public libraries! Anyway, here’s what I hope to check off this month (to be updated with my progress):
Sometimes I buy copies of books that I loved so I can read them again, but then neglect to actually do so.
- Possession by A.S. Byatt – READ
- The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge – READ
- The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks by Robertson Davies – PARTLY READ (part one of this omnibus edition, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks)
Not Read Yet
These are usually books I picked up at a bargain price and then never got around to reading.
- Studies in Words by C.S. Lewis – STARTED
- A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong – READ
- Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson – READ
Books I received for review consideration or won in giveaways that have not gotten their due yet.
- Finding Zero by Amir Aczel – READ
- How To Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis – READ
- Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen – READ
- The Bees by Laila Paull – READ
I think ten is enough to start with. I’ll check in mid-month and let you know how I’m doing, and I’d love to hear from you too.
How are you starting out your reading year? What books do you want to read this month?