What Are You Reading…in 2013?

itsmondayWe’re about to turn the calendar to January, making this the perfect time to look ahead at reading plans for the beginning of the new year.  So here’s a new installment of the What Are You Reading meme from Book Journey!

I have been on a mad quest to clear up final reading plans before the end of the year, and so far, it’s going pretty well.  I read Superior Saturday and am midway through Lord Sunday by Garth Nix, to finish off one last series.

I reread Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig over Christmas, and I just madly, madly love this book.  It’s so sweet and adorable and witty and funny and the characters are so good and…well, I just madly love it.

I’m still working on Reflections by Diana Wynne Jones, but since it’s a series of essays, it’ll be an easy one to intersperse among new reading plans…because I start new reading challenges on January 1st and look forward to diving in.

P1020254First of all, I’m joining the Sci Fi Experience, so that should tell you the general trend of my reading for the next couple of weeks.  I think I’ll start with the Pellucidar series, reading At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs, followed by Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly, then maybe whichever Star Trek book is appealing to me.  Somewhere in there I also plan to read Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey for the readalong, but I haven’t quite decided where yet.  Then I might circle back to the next Pellucidar book, or else I’ll take a break for something completely different…and read Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery.

Pat BooksYou see, all against my better judgment, I have also decided to join in with the L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge at Reading to Know.  It only runs for the month of January which is terrible timing…but it’s an L. M. Montgomery reading challenge!  To paraphrase one of her characters, her writing is in the very core of my heart.  I can’t resist.  So, I’ll definitely be fitting in some LMM short stories and poetry in the next month, and hopefully the Pat books in there somewhere too.

WaldenWhile all of that is going on, I also want to get started on my Chunkster Challenge…because if I don’t start in the first month, I’ll never reach my goal there!  The thought of fitting a 1,000 page book into January is making me feel faint (sorry, Les Mis) so I got an audiobook of Walden instead.  I can’t see listening to Thoreau while I’m driving (it just doesn’t feel right…) but while I’m taking a morning walk…yeah, I think that’ll work.

Whew.  If I didn’t enjoy all of this so much, reading plans would be exhausting to contemplate!  But since I very often feel like I want to read all of the books right now, it’s actually quite exciting to have a big stack to pounce on.  I know how I’m spending January 1st!

Addendum: apologies for sending you two posts in one day!  This one accidentally got scheduled a day early.  Oh well…I guess I’m really looking forward to the new year!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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9 Responses to What Are You Reading…in 2013?

  1. If you want to get into Sci-Fi (I’m not really, but…) try The Robot Novels by Issac Asimov. I’m hoping to get into his Foundation series this year.

  2. ;D Against your better judgement! HA! I love it. Well, welcome to the party and I’m glad you are reading along.

    Pat seems to be getting the most air time this year. Fun!

    • That’s funny, I wouldn’t have expected Pat as a popular one! But maybe everyone’s read Emily and Anne…? I’ve read Pat too, but it’s been a long time, and her two-book set seems easier to fit in than the others!

  3. Carl V. says:

    My impossible-to-actually-complete reading plans for January include:
    Dragonflight ~Anne McCaffrey (for the read a long)
    The Time Traders ~Andre Norton (for Classic SF Book Club)
    Doomsday Book ~Connie Willis (for Classic SF Book Club)
    The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

    and then a bunch of other books that I’d like to read all at the same time:

    A Soldier’s Duty ~Jean Johnson
    A Beautiful Friendship ~David Weber
    Andromeda’s Fall ~William Dietz
    Summon the Thunder (Star Trek Vanguard) ~Dayton Ward
    The Alyesford Skull ~James P. Blaylock
    The Edge of Infinity ~ed. by Jonathan Strahan
    Barrayar ~Lois McMaster Bujold
    Honor of the Queen ~David Weber

    and I could go on and on….

    • Isn’t it frustrating when you want to read everything? So many books to choose from… I look forward to your thoughts on Andre Norton. She’s on my “really ought to read more of” list!

  4. Jay Dee says:

    Good luck with your challenges. I’m also joining the Sci-fi Challenge, though I’m not reading only sci-fi during that time. I achieved my Goodreads 2012 challenge of 12 books, but I will increase it to 25 for 2013. Lots of pressure!

  5. dianem57 says:

    I think it’s a great idea to listen to “Walden” while out walking. The book lends itself to a walking meditation, so to speak. Let us know how that turns out!

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