So it’s 2013. Yes it has taken me all of the last 23 days to think about that and plan this post. I love this picture. It’s my reading corner in my room. You can’t see the big comfy chair right next to the heaps of books and cup of tea. The art on the wall is a piece my brother Cooper did for me several years ago. One of the reasons I like this picture (other than the fact that it’s my favorite place to sit at the end of the day and it has my brother’s art in it) is that it is a good image for this year. Too many books! Just the thought makes me smile. It represents my goals for this year: too many but exciting.
- Get Back into my “What I Read This Week” Posts.
- Post More Reviews (2 a week would be awesome)
- Participate in the Nightstand posts: setting monthly reading goals.
- Oxford History of Western Music by Richard Taruskin. This is potentially my craziest goal. I want to read it all, as in all 4,272 pages of it THIS YEAR. We’ll see. I got it for Christmas and I can’t wait. Taruskin is my favorite musicologist to read.
- Chesterton. I want to read 8 works by Chesterton. I failed this goal last year. I started The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare when I received it as a gift (and if you are reading this by some chance, thank you very much) but didn’t finish any during 2012.
- Russian History. I’ve been collecting Russian history books lately and now I need to read them. High on the list are: Russia and the Russians: A History by Geoffrey Hosking, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 and Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia by Orlando Figes and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
- The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
- The Wizard of Oz Series. This is to keep pace with my reading contest buddy Heather.
- That brings me to my last (and possibly most important) reading goal. Beat Heather.
In between the gardening and crafting and teaching music lessons a good book (ideally read in a hammock or my comfy reading chair) will make it back into my daily routine. I’m still amazed at how much busier looking for work is than actually having a full-time job. I’m thankful to be gaining music students and being a teacher’s assistant at a Montessori school. Well, there is my crazy reading goals list. I’ve started off the year with one music teaching book and the rest are fantasy. More on that later this week.