1. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. This is my ongoing Kindle read for times when I am stuck without a book. That usually happens during Persy’s unexpected nursing and/or napping sessions.
2. The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I read Tomalin’s biography of Charles Dickens in 2012.
3. Emma by Jane Austen. This is my Classics Club Spin #5 read and I have a lovely Penguin Threads edition.
4. The Warden by Anthony Trollope. This is the first book for the Chronicles of Barsetshire readalong I’m co-hosting.
5. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Finally! I’m going to read one of my books for the TBR challenge.
6. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead. I finished Middlemarch in January and squealed with delight when I learned about this book.
7. A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell. Volume 1 of A Dance to the Music of Time.
8. A Buyer’s Market by Anthony Powell. Volume 2 of A Dance to the Music of Time.
9. The Acceptance World by Anthony Powell. Volume 3 of A Dance to the Music of Time.
10. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. If I have time I might dig into the April Chronicles of Barsetshire read. April is a crazy month and I want to tackle as much in March as I can.
So how — with my busy life — am I planning on reading so dang much? I am planning a future post to talk about intentional reading, but suffice it to say I’m carving out time that is expressly for reading. Not paying bills, or blogging, or updating Facebook. For one I’ve actually put my lunch time down on my work calendar. I’ve been taking a quick lunch anywhere between 11:30 and 1:00, but usually it involves me eating at my desk and working or eating at my desk and bullshitting on the internet. My new plan is to eat my lunch and then hide in the back of the library and read. There are also several days where I come in maybe an hour later or I leave a bit early. Those times will be spent reading in the van parked outside work. On March 17th, a Monday, I have the day off work because I’m doing a Sunday shift the day before; that Monday will be an impromptu reading time. Lastly, I am making sure that I always have a book with me and I take advantage of lulls between meetings, standing in line, and other times where I find myself waiting.
Cheers for crazy reading goals! I may not read all ten books, but by golly I’m going to try!