Reading and Plans for January 2012

I don’t have any reading goals drawn up for this new year.  I’m avoiding that task for now, though Nana of ImageNations and I have committed to reading 70 books each this year.  In the meantime, here is what I have planned for January:

  • Orange January – The host of this yearly reading event, The Magic Lasso, says “the only requirement is to read at least one book that has won or been nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction”.  I will read The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.
  • Australian Literature Month 2012 –  Reading Matters is hosting this event which is “simply an opportunity to read an Australian book or two (or more) and celebrate Australian literature with other people in January”.  A celebration of Fly Away Peter is definitely in order. I will also read Jessica Anderson’s Tirra Lirra by the River and, if time permits, squeeze in a reading of A Fringe of Leaves by Patrick White.
  • Backlog of reviews – I will review A Distant View of a Minaret and Opening Spaces, both books I read last year.  I will also resume my reviews of individual short stories in the African Roar 2011 anthology.  I’m hopelessly behind on that.
  • African Literature Reading Challenge – I’m working on the plan for this challenge which I will host this year.  I will post a formal announcement by the end of this week.

Those are the plans for this month.   Please note that Orange January and Australian Literature Literature Month are open to everyone, blogger or non-blogger.

Happy reading!

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25 comments

  1. 70 books, wow! I am sure I read about 20 in all for 2011. I will see if I can hit 50 for 2012, given my hectic schedule, that will be pretty steep. Looking forward to the African Literature Reading Challenge.

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    • The work schedule is a problem but I’ve decided to read after Kobby goes to bed @ 8:30pm. No internet. I don’t watch TV anyway. I hope this works.

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  2. good luck with your plans Kinna seventy books I m sure you’ll do that ,I ve taken no challenges this year and have over twenty books to review at some point a feeling I may need to reread or just leave a few ,all the best stu

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  3. Thanks for the recommendations, I really like the idea of doing the Orange Prize reading challange and that might be just the way to kick off my reading year. Have you also heard about the Goodreads Reading Challenge? Great blog BTW.

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    • Thank for coming by and leaving a comment. I’m not active on Goodreads though I intent to explore that place this year. Thanks for your kind words. All the best.

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    • Caribbean lit is sorely missing from my reading lately. I hope to sneak a number of books this year. Happy New Year. And welcome back to blogging :).

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  4. Great plan, I’m trying to downsize mine & only take part in a few challenges & leave myself free for some spontaneous or shorter challenge options.

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