I really enjoy bloggers who write as if they are keeping a reading journal. The ones that do not just post reviews once they have finished a book, but also talk about starting a particular book, or how they are getting on with the author halfway through. I am not saying I do not enjoy other type of blogs, because I do, and I envy a whole lot of them for their quality and style. It’s just that lately I have been fascinated with the type of writing that goes into posts of the “reading journal” variety. I have been thinking if I could incorporate some elements of it in my own blog. I think I try to do so with my Thursday Tea posts, but I’d like to feel comfortable with just writing down thoughts on books I’m in the middle of, what kind of reading mood I am in, what I think I might pick up in the upcoming days.. I have a feeling I may not be very good at those type of posts (though I sure am good at rambling, but it is not really the same, is it?), but I love the sneak peek into people’s reading lives that those posts enable. Another thing I’d like to add to my list of things I want to be comfortable doing on my blog. I swear, one of these days I will rewrite my about page in a decent manner.*
This past week I struggled a little with reading while finishing up my Phd proposal. I found it hard to concentrate on any of the books I loved reading a few days before that: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, I Capture the Castle.. Instead, I picked up Divergent by Veronica Roth, which was just the kind of book I needed. This weekend, things having calmed down again a little, I also finished I Capture the Castle, which will be added to my list of favourites. Now, I am in the middle of The Third Miss Symons and I started reading Goddess Interrupted as a netgalley review copy, but I can’t muster much excitement about the book at the moment.
I am starting to think that this year, up to now, has been about discovering how much I enjoy dystopian Young Adult novels and catching up on well-loved novels that I have missed out on all these years. Overall, the reading these past two months has been really good. I have read many books that I know will end up as favourites of the year. Actually, I have already begun to worry a little how on earth I am supposed to write a “top 10 reads of 2012” post at the end of the year.
Having graduated, my reading pace has picked up. I am now at 25 books read in 2012. I know that the amount of books read a month will probably dwindle again sometime, but I do enjoy the feeling of reading so much.
What is not working particularly well is the Bottom of the TBR pile Challenge I undertook with Amy and Amanda. I have only finished 2 of the books on that list so far. My list contains books I bought pre-2008. I try to pick up books from that list, but I can’t say that I am overly excited about many of them at the moment.
Next year, I won’t be able to compile a list for books bought pre-2009 because I deleted all the books in my Library Thing account and have started cataloguing anew. My catalogue was a mess and I hadn’t updated it properly for over a year. Now, I am going through my shelves. I am currently about 1/3rd through and I am shocked by the amount of TBR books on my shelves. As you can see, I now have 276 books listed, of which 176 are unread. *hides* I do try to read from my shelves, and I haven’t bought a single book this year (if you do not count the four books my boyfriend bought me as a gift), and yet the TBR pile does not seem to shrink. Perhaps it is because in between I am reading a lot on my ereader, which involves free classics and netgalley books, both of which I do not count as TBR pile books. I love my ereader for reading in bed during my sleepless nights. With my small nightlight attached to the reader, I don’t wake up B. and I don’t have to lie awake worrying.
What I do enjoy about re-cataloguing my books on Library Thing is finding out about all the amazing titles I own. It is weird how often we forget about all the books we own and instead compile lists of books we’d like to own. I think I will stick with this no-book-buying thing a while longer (not that I have a choice, since I don’t have the money). Perhaps, by the end of the year, I will have made a smallish dent. I have to admit that I do dream of all the books I’d still love to own. Perhaps a monthly wish list post is in order? But I’d like to do one featuring not just new releases, but also books that have been on my wish list for forever. I have been toying with the idea of a “long-term wish list” feature for ages, but I admit, I kind of hate the name.
* Terri of Tip of the Iceberg coincidentally posted about the same topic this Sunday, visit her blog and see what she has to say.