So Many Books, So Little Time

How to start off 2013? New Year’s Resolutions everyone knows you’ll never keep or a feeling of self-loathing as you shovel down even more Quality Streets left over from Christmas while promising that the diet would start tomorrow? I’ve vowed that in this New Year I will take part in a reading challenge, set by myself, to read over 100 or more classic books and decided that on the 1st of January, 2013 I would start and finish on the 31st of December. I would read all of them, cover to cover in that time while also posting reviews of them all each time I’d finish. Seemed easy enough. What could go wrong?

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1. Introduction- A New Year's Resolution

Ah, 2013. A new year. A new start. So very much happened in the past twelve months, this goes without saying, therefore how would it be possible for the new to hope to come anywhere near the standards of the old? The Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and a number of other things that have happened to make 2012 such a special and unforgettable time in all of our lives. By the time you read this, the New Year will have already begun and as the Bucks Fizz glasses are stored away and the last notes of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ ring out into the night, it’s important to begin again. And what better time is there to start a brand new project?

   I’m a bookworm. There, I said it. You can imagine how happy I was at Christmas to unwrap a fat book to pore over and devour in time to come, but also at its title: “1001 Books To Read Before You Die.” That, hopefully, is a long way away (or so I’d like to think) but with the elation of the gift came an idea, a bright spark to kick off the New Year with a bang. If, somehow, I could manage to read all of those books by the end of 2013, then that would surely make it a good year, rich with words and great books that’ll ease the pain of losing 2012. But 1001 books… 1001 books? Would that even be possible? Could it be done? And I was almost positive that there would be some tomes in there that I wouldn’t enjoy or wouldn’t even try and read because I knew it would be little more than a waste of my time. So I made a list. I whittled the books down to about 100 of them, all ready to be read and decided that on the 1st of January, 2013 I would start and finish on the 31st of December. I would read all of them, cover to cover in that time while also posting reviews of them all each time I’d finish. Seemed easy enough. What could go wrong?

   It could all go well. It could all go badly. The only way to find out is to try. And try I will. In terms of reviews, I cannot promise any form of consistency as I’ll most likely read in bursts depending on how busy I am etc. or other factors. My hopes about this challenge include reading lots of amazing novels and stories that will hopefully influence my writing and if something is particularly good I’ll recommend it to all of you and if it is not I’ll save you the pain of having to read them. They’re mostly classics, though if you have any other great books that you think I ought to read then please do not hesitate to write in the comments section. Also, there is an opportunity to take part in the 2013 Reading Challenge with me if you want- it isn’t an official event and only I’m doing it, though I’ll try and say which book it is I’ll be reading next so you can tell me your own thoughts and so on. They might change occasionally, however, though I’ll try and give some notice beforehand.

   2013 looks set to be a good year. Lots of books to enjoy and a clear goal at the end of the tunnel to aim towards. First, I’ll be reading ‘The Hobbit’ by J. R. R Tolkien as I thought it would be a nice way to start considering the theme of unexpected adventures is one that is relevant to me and my challenge. I hope you enjoy it.

   I’m sure I will.

      

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