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.