Okay, so this sort-of/kind-of blogging schedule I made for myself tells me I'm supposed to post about books on Mondays and Thursdays. This was extremely short-sighted of me. Heck, it was just plain stupid of me...like I could ever keep up a steady pace of two books a week. In fact, I started reading Sarah Water's The Night Watch and Ben Goldacre's Bad Science after finishing my last book, and well, it just may be a while before I finish anything. (Can I add right here though that I am thoroughly *loving* both of those books!)
Anyway, since I have no specific book to blather on about, I thought I'd talk a bit more about my plans for themed reading this year. (I mentioned it back when I talked about my sort-of/kind-of goals for the year.) I have now come up with my themes for the entire year...
January: Ana's and Iris's Long-Awaited Reads Month, which I personalized a bit, making it my Long-Awaited-Reads-All-Because-of-Ana Month. So far, this is going splendidly, as I *knew* it would. Seriously, I had no doubt whatsoever that this was going to be an extremely rewarding month of reading! Only downside is that I simply can't read fast enough to fit in even more books.
February: Graphic Novels Month. A whole month of comics--ahhh, does that not sound freakin' heavenly?!!
March: Food and Gardening Month. Appropriate timing, as spring will be right around the corner. Well, around a couple corners. ;)
April: Once Upon a Time Month. Did you really think I would leave dear Carl's challenge out of the picture? Not a chance! And this year, I think I'd like to focus largely on fairy tales and folktales.
May: Medical and Psychological Issues Month. I actually have quite a large number of books I'd like to get to during this month.
June: GLBT Month. Again, so many books I've been eager to read and just haven't gotten to.
July: Finish-Some-Of-Those-Books-You-Started-And-Then-Set-Aside Month. I actually have a bigger stack for this theme than is reasonable for a month. Most of them are non-fiction. And they were never set aside because I wasn't enjoying them...if that were the case, I wouldn't go back to them but would give them away instead. No, for the most part, they ended up set aside because life got too crazy. Often because I just had too dang much to get read for homeschooling. But putting this month in the middle of the summer, I'm hoping that I can finally give these books their due. And yes, in many instances, it will mean I have to start over.
August: Nature and the Environment Month. No shortage of books in this house to choose from here. :)
September: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Month. In honor of Carl's RIP Challenge.
October: Gothic/Horror/Halloweeny Month. Again, RIP. Can't waste a second of RIP, after all!
November: Social Justice/Human Rights/Stuff-That-Really-Matters Month. Hopefully that's self-explanatory.
December: Wintery Reads Month. This one is largely inspired by this post by Ana about the books that set the perfect mood for her during this time of year.
I think I mentioned before that there will be exceptions during every month:
*I obviously have to read what I have to read for homeschooling.
*The books I read with the kids (though it's generally just Max these days) do not have to fit the monthly theme. I always let them pick the book anyway, though I sometimes make suggestions.
*And I am encouraged to read one off-theme book per month...you know to keep myself from turning this into a chore and so I can always read that new-and-shiny-simply-can't-resist book.
I'm excited to say that my darling Chris is going to join me for many of these themed months!!! :D And we'd love it if you should choose to jump in on any month as well. Though I totally understand not wanting to box yourself in that way.
So, which theme sounds the most fun to you?