I admit it: I used to be a book snob. But since having children, I read whenever, wherever and whatever I can. I’ll give almost anything a go. However, I rarely read the same thing consecutively; so, for example, if I read a medieval murder mystery, next I’ll read a contemporary literary novel.
However, this year, I decided to challenge myself and choose a monthly theme to shape my reading. As I’m now a quarter or so through the year, I have to confess, I’ve not kept strictly to my themes but it has given me a chance to dust down some unread books from my shelves.
My themes, broadly speaking, are:
January: light/female/romance (decided on this by accident)
April: historical fiction
May: classic detective fiction (1930s-40s)
June: unread classics
July: science fiction
August: ‘another country’
September: school/university setting
October: Stephen King
November: ghost stories
December: Dickens (of course!)
So far, I’m reading about 3 books a month within the plan, although March’s forray into non-fiction is almost a failure. I have so many non-fiction books to be read on my shelves, I rarely read them; fiction is too much of a thrilling, plot driven addiction. Perhaps I love the anticipation of what to read more than settling down to the act of reading.
There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of ‘new’ books to read…
Anyone else tried a reading experiment? Did it last? What would you read within the themes? Are there any other themes I could try next year?