It is January, which means that for Ana and me, and for anyone wishing to join us, it is Long-Awaited Reads Month. The idea is an easy, no pressure, one, that is giving me lots of joy as I am contemplating all the books I wish to read. During January I will be reading all those books that I have been eagerly anticipating, or of which I have said “I always meant to read that” for years, but that I never yet did. To finally make time to read those books, knowing that most of these are books I think I will love, is a great joy. I hope the month itself will be as well.
Ana and I were very happy to see the enthusiastic response to our idea. We hope you will contemplate joining us. Everyone and all are welcome! And remember, you need not dedicate the whole month to these books. You can simply decide to read one or two books you have been meaning to read, and share the fun with us.
This is how we envision the community side of the event:
- At the halfway point, and at the end, of January, we will be posting link roundups. Be sure to leave your link on twitter or in a comment on the welcome posts over at Ana’s or my blog;
- Giveaways: Both Ana and I will be hosting a giveaway for participants, offering a book of your choice that you have always meant to read from the Book Depository, up to $15/€11/£10. Each link is an entry. If you are not a blogger, or do not get around to reviewing a book, leave a comment telling us a little about the book you have finished and it will count as an entry too;
- We welcome any other initiatives to host a dedicated read, or a mini challenge, over the course of the month. Have you found out there are a number of bloggers who want to read the same book? Consider hosting a discussion of the book at a certain date. Or is there a certain theme you want to highlight? We’ll be more than happy to link to your event!;
We would love for you to join us in talking about the book(s) you are reading, or how your month is faring in general, over at twitter. We have had some difficulty coming up with a workable hashtag, but we have settled on #LARMonth.
If we have managed to tempt you to join us, we are very curious what you are planning on reading first? I started my month off with Thank Heaven Fasting by E.M. Delafield. The book was so good that I finished it in one go yesterday. Up next? I think I will be reading The Brides of Rollrock Island, as well as The House of Mirth for my bedtime ebook read.