Although the Sunday Salon is supposed to be all about reading, I’m afraid I’m not planning much reading time today. Instead, I’m hoping to spend today getting caught up on blogging — comments, reviews, and end of the year posts — so I can spend the read of the month actually reading and working on my Christmas craft projects.
My major goal for today is to get caught up on reviews. After finishing Here Is a Human Being by Misha Angrist this morning, I’m six reviews behind. That’s a doable number, if I don’t get too distracted watching football this afternoon. Here’s what I have left:
- Mercury by Hope Larson
- Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum
- Page One edited by David Folkenflik
- The Magician King by Lev Grossman
- The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- Here Is a Human Being by Misha Angrist
Any suggestions where to start?
If I manage to get through most of those, I’d also like to start working on a couple of “Best Reads in 2011” posts. I’m not going to do “Best Books if 2011” because I don’t think I read enough 2011 titles to make that interesting. So, the list will be my favorite books read this year, regardless of when they’re published. I started a “short list” that has 25 books, but I think I can trim that down a bit for the final posts.
I also have a couple of posts that I’m thinking about writing, inspired by some other bloggers. Earlier this week, Sheila (Book Journey) wrote about how she picks a special book for her first read of the year. I love that idea and want to do it myself, so I’ve been thinking about what book I might pick.
Meghan (Medieval Bookworm) wrote her Sunday Salon post today about the books she wanted to read in 2011 but didn’t quite get the time to read. At first I thought my list would be too long to write, but as I’ve been gazing at my shelves this afternoon I can see only a few that I’m feeling really sad that I didn’t make the time to read yet this year.
And then of course there are the rest of the “End of the Year” posts — looking back on goals from 2011, looking at my overall book stats from the year, and setting some goals for 2012. I’m a miserable goal maker, but I do love the exercise of thinking about where I hope to be reading and blogging-wise. I’m not going to work on those posts today, but the’re on my horizon for the end of the month.
And if I do get some time to read? I’m honestly not sure what I’ll grab. Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn, a book I’ve been curious about since it came out in March, just came for me at the library. I also grabbed Columbine by Dave Cullen while I was there, and that’s calling my name, as are What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes, and The Discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley. Many choices, little time.
What are your reading/blogging plans today?