Or well, for Ana and me January will be.. The idea of “Long Awaited Reads Month” is basically summed up by reading books you have wanted to get to for forever, but that you have somehow never picked up yet. Do you recognise the feeling of putting off reading a book you know you will love? Or that you have been anticipating reading ever since its release or ever since you first saw it mentioned in the blogosphere? Or that was written by a favourite author, about a favourite topic, or promises to be the best comfort read? I know I do. And for no reason at all, really, except that it is always at the back of your mind as a book you feel you should read, and that you really want to read.. but then other reading commitments get in the way. Or you just don’t allow yourself the time to actually settle down and read it.
Ana and I were discussing how we end up doing this with a long list of books, and we decided that it was perhaps best to plan in a space of time in which we will allow ourselves to read all the books we have so long been desperately wanting to read. January, as an often dark and a little depressing month for both of us, living in the Northern hemisphere where the holidays are over and winter just won’t. go. away, seemed like the perfect time to plan on reading books that are (almost) sure to bring us joy.
The lovely Ana made a button, which shows a combination of some of the books we’re contemplating reading. Like Ana, I won’t be making a definite list of books I absolutely want to read during this month, but I do have some titles playing around in the back of my head, such as The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt and The Group by Mary McCarthy. We won’t be making this into an official challenge, but you are very welcome to join us as this is definitely a case of the more the merrier! It would be lovely to share our reading experience of books we have so long been looking forward to on either twitter or through a blog roundup or in whatever way we can come up with. So please, feel free to grab the button and join us.