Here are the rules, lifted from Ana’s blog (though the event/challenge is meant to be relaxed):
- Read books you’ve been excited to read for a long time but never seem to get to in January. You can do this exclusively for the whole month (my approach), you can do it for just one week, or you can simply try to get to one or two of these books in January. Your level of commitment is entirely up to you!
At the beginning of January, Iris and I will post something signalling the official start of Long-Awaited Reads month. If you’re taking part, you can come back to these posts and leave us a link to a LAR-related review; you’ll then be entered in a giveaway for a book you’ve always wanted to read that is up to $15/€11/£10 on BookDepository (open worldwide).— go here or here for this part.
- If you want to talk about the event on Twitter, the hashtag is #LARMonth.
- Have fun!
Here are some of my reading goals for this month. It’s an incredibly busy month, but I’ve been realizing that you need to make time for books if you want to actually read them. Sounds like common-sensical gibberish, but I think you know what I mean by that! Anyway, I picked a good mix, I think. I was aiming to diversify my reading this year, so I think this is a good variation.
- A re-read of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon — this is long-awaited because I’ve been meaning to re-read this book for the longest time. It’s one of my favorites and it’s certainly one of the longest books I’ve ever read and finished, so it’s been a challenge to do so. I’m doing it for an online class that I’m taking, mostly, but it’s nice to revisit this book again and maybe write a proper review.
- Finish Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, which found me terrified in the middle of the night. I had to sleep with the lights on.
- Lydia Davis’ translation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary — a classic.
- Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of Love — some nonfiction.
- Simeon Dumdum Jr.’s To The Evening Star — a bit of local literature.
Hope to meet the other people who are joining LARMonth!
In other news, I want to get rid of this layout, but I’m attached to the ability to write sidebar marginalia~ But the rest of it just drives me nuts!Read More