So January was a busy month. World news and craziness aside, I did a lot of reading and managed to either finish or begin reading four out of the five books I’d selected to read for the month.
- Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath- I’m still working on this one, but I’ll finish it one of these days
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- I have a little less than 100 pages to go in this one. I’m going to try to finish it up tonight.
- The Táin- translated by Ciaran Carson- It only took a couple of days to finish this one off. It helped that I had read a different translation before, and I was familiar with the large cast of characters.
- Dewey by Vicki Myron – This was the first book I read in 2017.
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante – I only got through the first few pages, and while they were intriguing, I didn’t continue on. I have no idea why. I’ll try to return to it another time.
All in all, I finished eleven books in January. Not too bad for the first month:
- Dewey by Vicki Myron
- A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnot
- Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch
- Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
- Traveing with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
- Fifty-One Tales by Lord Dunsany
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- The Táin translated by Ciaran Carson
- Think Like a Freak by Stephen D. Levitt and Steven Dubner
- Browsings by Michael Dirda
- All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
My reading was helped by the fact that I uninstalled Facebook from my phone, and read a few pages of an eBook instead of checking (and getting stressed out by) endless status updates. I keep up with the news just fine with my news apps, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. And I’m getting a lot of reading done in the process. My attempts to wake up even twenty minutes earlier to do some reading have not worked out so well. I am not a morning person. Not at all. But I’ll keep trying.
My to-read list for February looks pretty exciting:
- The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Martian Chronicles by Isaac Asimov
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- Norse Tales by Neil Gaiman
- Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates
I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to Norse Tales. Gaiman is re-telling the old myths in his own wonderfully weird storytelling style. It’s going to be great!