I have become a bit of a restless blogger. Literally, as well. I can’t seem to get to sleep at night and if I do, I am always wide awake between 2 and 6 am. Last night I couldn’t stay in bed waiting for sleep and so I started changing my layout around. Lately, every time I visited my blog I felt like something had to change. And so I did. I am not sure if I like it better. And I still need to change a lot of things. The thing is, I like the sidebar, but I think maybe the area that shows the actual posts is a little small? And I don’t like the font too much, it feels a bit too square to my taste. But I think I will keep it like this for a while.
I’m also a restless reader. Last week, no book seemed to hold my attention for long, until I decided to go ahead and read another Gaskell. Mary Barton started out slow, but I’m starting to be captivated by the story. I’d like to read more classics from now on, focus on them more. But who knows, maybe that’s also a fleeting thought? (However, I don’t think so, I really would like to read more classics and I have felt like this for weeks).
In relation to wanting to read more classics, I have a ton of ideas for reading projects, and I would like to do them all, although of course even completing one of them is quite impossible. Sasha had this fun idea of reading 25 Oxford World’s Classics and 50 New York Review Books Classics before December 2011. That is way too much for me, but I’d like to do my own spin on it, because I do like both publishers. But then I would also love to read all the Bloomsbury Group Books. You know, the ones with the wonderful covers? That shouldn’t be too impossible? And I’d like to read more Persephone’s next year, maybe concentrate on the Persephone Classics first. And let’s not forget about the Orange Prize winners or shortlist. And last but not least, I would like to keep up with the titles published by Peirene Press.
I have a feeling next year will be a year of projects instead of challenges. I like challenges, I like thinking up the lists, but I think I enjoy thinking up my own projects/lists more, or having a smaller group of people who work on the same kind of project. I’m not sure, is it wrong to feel that way? I will probably still do challenges, but I don’t think I will sign up for that many.
As for all of those impossible projects, what makes them even more impossible is that they involve paper books. And I am stuck in Sweden on a semi-book buying ban, because I have no clue how to get any books I buy here home. I can only take 20 kilo with me on my flight back and I probably need it for all the basic stuff (clothes, study books, etcetera) I have here at the moment. But I welcome any ideas as to how to get around this problem, because frankly, it is starting to get to me that I can’t buy any paper books.