The above is a photo of the bookcase in my office, which is right behind my desk where I am sitting to write this post. As you can see, it’s quite full: almost 100 books (I counted 93, but I think there are a few behind the books visible). It is a project I plan to tackle in the upcoming months (and years). Most of books there were given to me by my brother-in-law Warren, many of which are Hard Case Crime books, as well as assorted Elmore Leonard and Arthur C. Clarke novels, to name just a few of the authors there.
Because of that, my reading plans for the month of August and my plans as outlined in May for the rest of the year are now scrapped, although a few of the books that I own are “still in play.” Also “still in play” is the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge (click on the button at right to join) as started by Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise, even though I did not get to a single one of Dame Christie’s works this month. And finally “still in play” are the John Dortmunder series by Donald E. Westlake, which I’m reading in chronological order. The series has 14 novels and two shorter works.
Along the way, I have abandoned two reading challenges: one, which was called Milton in May, and another, the Baker Street Challenge by bloggers who are currently inactive, so I won’t provide links to their blogs or the now defunct challenges. I did take on one challenge earlier this month, reading Godric by Frederick Buechner for a Faith’n’Fiction Saturday Round Table taking place over at My Friend Amy which will be posted later this month on various blogs. Starting this week, I will be joining Amanda at The Zen Leaf for a read-along of Bleak House by Charles Dickens, which is one of the books in the case pictured above (technically sitting on my desk right now, but still it was on one of the shelves). That read-along will run through Oct. 27.
I also have signed up to take part in a read-along of Purple Jesus by Ron Cooper, to which I was invited by J.C. Montgomery of The Biblio Blogazine on Goodreads and to which I responded on a whim. That will begin, I guess, as soon as I get the book in the mail.
Whew! I think that will be more than enough to keep me busy for the rest of this year (and maybe for years to come, like I’ve said) so all the other books from the library, with the exception of one Donald E. Westlake book,What’s The Worst That Could Happen?, are going back tomorrow.
So do you have a “reading plan” for the rest of the month, the rest of the year and upcoming years? Are you over-committed with challenges? Do you ever scrap plans in favor of another plan or plans?
In case you missed it, this week I:
- continued my Patron of the Week series with The Story of Right Hand, Left Hand.
- asked the question “Are ‘page-turners’ always ‘pulp fiction’?” to which I received a few answers (and have yet to respond, most likely after I write this).
- introduced you to my supervisor, “Shirley,” at the library in Patrons, what a bunch of bastards.
- set up three new categories: Patron of the Week, The Library and Facebook (since I’ve written about the social media platform so much).