Like last year, Ana and I will be organising another Long-Awaited Reads Month in January 2014. When Ana asked if we should organise this theme month again, I was super excited. January 2013 was a month of wonderful reading; some of my favourite books of this year were read during that month. It is very satisfying to finally get to those books you have been looking forward to for forever, and then actually enjoying them. Certainly, Long-Awaited Reads Month helped me conquer some of my January blues. Moreover, seeing other bloggers join in and enjoy it as well was an amazing feeling. So, let’s hope January 2014 will be as good.
The rules for this month are very simple (as explained by Ana earlier today):
- Read books you’ve been excited to read for a long time but never seem to get to in January. You can do this exclusively for the whole month (my approach), you can do it for just one week, or you can simply try to get to one or two of these books in January. Your level of commitment is entirely up to you!
- At the beginning of January, Iris and I will post something signalling the official start of Long-Awaited Reads month. If you’re taking part, you can come back to these posts and leave us a link to a LAR-related review; you’ll then be entered in a giveaway for a book you’ve always wanted to read that is up to $15/€11/£10 on BookDepository (open worldwide).
- If you want to talk about the event on Twitter, the hashtag is#LARMonth.
- Have fun!
We certainly hope you will consider joining us! For to us, sharing great reading with lovely online friends is the best thing in the world.
Now, I do have a great many plans, and I know from last year’s experience that I will probably end up reading many different titles, but I cannot help but give you a short glimpse of the titles under consideration at the moment. Actually, I have a particular shelf that has held many of my Long-Awaited Reads over the past year:
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: I think this book was first recommended to me back in the days when I spent a lot of time on the Silverchair forums as a fourteen-year-old. Now that I am studying mission history, I think it is high time I finally read this one.
- Small Island by Andrea Levy: A few years ago I gave The Long Song to a friend of mine and immediately bought Small Island for myself. This book sounds right up my alley.
- Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine: This book truly seems to have been on my list for forever. In reality, I think it might have been two years. But every day occurrences, and certainly Ana’s conviction about this book, makes me desperate to read it. Yet, I never actually sit down to do so.
- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This year I read Half of a Yellow Sun by Adichie for Long-Awaited Reads Month and once more became convinced of her genius. In 2014 I’d love to read Adichie’s other novel, before turning to her Americanah.
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy: Another one of Ana’s recommendations (I think I bought it on my first visit to her?). At the same time, this is another one of those titles that came to me through online friends years ago (another forum? livejournal?). Long-awaited, indeed.
- The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt: Another one where I’d like to follow this year’s example. After reading Possession, I’d love to finally read The Children’s Book; a title I have actually owned longer.
- Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson: This was on my list last year, but I did not get to it. I’d love to get to it this year.
- The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner: I read the first book in this series from the shelves of Ana on my visit to Cambridge. I now own them all and would love to read them during this month as she did last year.
- A title by Frances Hardinge: I have both A Face Like Glass and Fly By Night on my shelves, and even though they have only been there for a little over 6 months, I’m still super excited about them and really want to love them.
I think I’ll stop there. There are so many exciting titles on my shelves that I could go on and on, but you get the idea right?
Hopefully Ana and I will see you sharing your LAR reading on twitter, your blog, or our blogs in January