It’s the first day of the new year and also my blogiversary — ECBR is three years old today! To help me celebrate, I hope you’ll enter the Reading New England giveaway, which is still open for a few more days. You do not need to have been a challenge participant to enter — although I hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore some of the posts that have been linked up during the year.
These three years have been so full of wonderful books and blogging connections, and I’m very grateful to all who have visited and commented. The chance to get to know all of you and share our love of books and reading is what makes this whole enterprise worthwhile to me.
For at least the first half of 2017, I’m going to be blogging a bit less. I’ve been doing three posts a week, sometimes more, but I’m going to try to cut that down to one post a week (on Sundays) with an occasional extra. This is to try to use some of my limited time for some other writing projects — which I hope to let you know more about if they pan out.
I’ll still be doing my monthly wrap-up post, a monthly discussion post for the Book Blog Discussion Challenge (now starting its third year – yay!), and a classic book review each month, plus another review or other post. I also still plan to host Elizabeth Goudge Day in April, and of course Witch Week in October/November.
Elsewhere, there’s also Jane’s Margery Sharp Day to look forward to in January, as well as Nonfiction November, Adam’s Classic Book-a-Month Club, and many other events that will tempt me along the way.
As I’ve unsuccessfully resolved in earlier years, I’m going to try to cut down my requests for ARCs and thus will do fewer reviews of new releases. Though I’ve enjoyed discovering new books and authors this way, I find the deadline pressure a bit overwhelming. I’m going to try going more at my own pace, and getting new books from the library — which may be a few years old by the time I get to them. I’ve found that my reviews of classic books get by far the most response here anyway, so I don’t think this will be a huge disappointment to anyone. (If you disagree, do speak up.)
In my reading goals, I’m hoping to make a serious dent in my towering TBR pile with the Mount TBR Challenge, I’m continuing with the Classics Club and the Back to the Classics challenges. I would like to read more books from or about other parts of the world, so I’m joining in with the Reading All Around the World project.
I’d like to read along the Six Books to Understand Trump’s Win with Hibernator’s Library, and in general read more challenging and serious books that will help expand my view of the world and the difficult times we face. I may or may not blog about these, but I feel a duty to get more informed and active. If you have recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them.
What are your plans and hopes for 2017?