Monday 2 January 2012

Month and Year Ahead

First of all Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a great time. I have to say, unlike most Scots, I'm not a huge fan of celebrating New Year. I definitely prefer Christmas. My sister is exactly the same so we usually spend it together. We did that this year watching DVDs and stuffing our faces. We did have a wee drink too. It was all very classy, drinking champagne in our PJs whilst watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit. We were happy and it's been years since we watched that film.

Anyways, I promised you to reveal all about my reading plans for 2012 so here it is. Not terribly exciting I'm afraid. I think you all know my challenges for the next year. I have two personal challenges. The first is to read 60 books. Not that adventurous considering I read 132 last year. I think though that since I am now studying full time that 60 is an okay number. Lets hope I manage it.

The second is to continue with my one classic a month. I very much enjoyed it last year. I tried lots of classic authors I had never read before and I hope to do the same again this year as well as visiting some old. I have planned John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, Iris Murdoch to name a few. First up is Elizabeth Gaskell with Cranford. I also want to re-read some, especially Austen. It feels a little like cheating though to include it in my classic a month.

I have signed up to do four challenges. I am fairly confident I can do them. The Shakespeare Challenge lasts only for this month and since I have most of it off I'm not too worried. The first play I am planning for this is Antony and Cleopatra. Looking forward to that. It's being hosted by Allie of A Literary Odyssey. The Sci Fi challenge is hosted by Ellie of Curiosity Killed The Bookworm. The challenge is to read one sci fi book a month. Each month Ellie is going to highlight a particular sci fi book although you are welcome to read a different title if you want to. I shockingly read only two science fiction books last year. It's shocking as this used to be my main reading staple. The first book up is Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. I decided to go with Ellie's choice as this had such great reviews last year.

The third challenge is the Mixing It Up 2012 hosted by  another Ellie of Musings of a Bookshop Girl. The idea is to read out of your comfort zone. There are a list of  genres for you to chose from and you read one book from each. I picked 12, one for each month, and I plan on making it a little harder for myself by picking authors I have never read before. The first one is a classic and I am going to join that with my Classic a month choice for January, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. Lastly there is the League of Extraordinary Gentleman challenge hosted by Hannah of Booking In Heels. The idea is to read the books which starred the main characters from the film. I also plan on reading the graphic novel. First up is King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard. There are a number of books on that list which will be re-reads and two of them I didn't enjoy the first time round. However, I was surprised by one re-read last year so maybe these will surprise me too.

That's basically it for my plans. I would like to read more non-fiction among other things but I have to realistic. I can't do everything. I don't have any special plans for my blog either other than to continue posting, reading other blogs and taking part as much as time will allow.

You now also know my plans for January;

King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard
Zoo City - Lauren Beukes
Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell

What are your plans for 2012?


  1. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman challenge sounds like a great idea but I decided not to sign up to any challenges which would involve buying books specifically for it. Hope you enjoy January's reads.

  2. TO be honest I didn't think I would have much to buy for this one as I have read most of them already. Discovered I don't have as many as I thought. Oh well. Looking forward to it though.