Monthly Archives: Mar 2012

2012: My Reading Experiment

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)

February: male/historical/adventure

March: non-fiction

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?

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Posted by on 30/03/2012 in Uncategorized


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My reading space.
Tea, an assortment of books, hi-fi remote control, a notebook: bliss.

Where I Read (usually)


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Hello World! Bookwormmum arrives!

  • Hello World indeed!As a blogging virgin, this is IT! I hope this book-ish blog will reflect what I’m reading, and what I think of it; what I hope to read; bookish thoughts and articles of interest; and – possibly – a bit of life thrown in.This blog is likely to be random, occasional and amateur; I’m finding my feet so please bear with me!

    I am a self-confessed book addict. I almost always ‘would rather be reading’ and feel jittery when I’m without a book, either in my handbag or a pile of them waiting to be read by my side.

    Having said that, I have two young children and a husband (!) to keep me busy and find the piles of books waiting to be read grow ever larger and threaten to topple over.

    I own more books than I’ll ever read; my bookcases reflect more of what I’d like to read than have actually read.

    Books furnish a room; you can never have too many of them (well…)

    I’m a mum of two, husband of one and only child. I’m in my early thirties (if 33 still counts as ‘early’) and live in my adopted home of the North East of England. I am a reluctant housewife but enthusiastic mother. I have a background (and degrees in) theology and have worked in bookshops, libraries, university administration and community development.

    I love tea, reading and music – a combination of the three is the best!

    So, as I look forward to my evening cup of tea and a good read, let the blogging begin!

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Posted by on 26/03/2012 in Uncategorized


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