2012: My Reading Experiment

30 Mar

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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