(Don’t you love the image?!?! I found the book image via Google and then I made the overlap—I am art!)
If you haven’t noticed I have been missing again for a while. I’m slowly working my way through Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace as my final 2013 Challenge Read and am (surprisingly) thoroughly enjoying it.
I’ve known for a while I wouldn’t do any challenges next year, but I hadn’t officially decided until recently. I feel bad abandoning the three challenges I’ve done for two years now, but I think I need the distance and freedom to read what I want when I want without restrictions other than those I put on myself. So far the only thing I’ve decided to read next year are more library books, re-read a few books that I haven’t made time for in years and just to have fun. In addition to the no challenges I am currently debating on the format my blog will take in 2014 but won’t make any major decisions until I do my 2013 recap.
I do plan on continuing to chip away at my Classics Club list. I’ve recently decided for my list that five years is a suggestion and I plan to just keep reading those until I finish my list of 100 books. I will of course re-read at least one (but probably two) Austen novel(s) and am looking forward to reading quite a few translations in the coming year.
Even though I am not participating in challenges this year, I definitely recommend you check out the challenges I’ve done in the past:
- Mount TBR Challenge – Hosted by the wonderful Bev of My Reader’s Block! If there is one challenge I might opt into towards the end of the year it is this one. I plan on spending a lot of time in 2014 reading from my bookshelf and have made a good effort this year (25+ books).
- Tea & Books Reading Challenge – Hosted by the amazing Birgit of The Book Garden. I’m not sure if she’s hosting again in 2014 as she is on a temporary hiatus, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this challenge the past two years and have knocked some MAJOR tomes off my lists. I will miss participating but will check in I am sure.
- Back to the Classics – Originally hosted by the stupendous Sarah of Sarah Reads too Much, but this year Karen of Books and Chocolate is hosting. I love this one as it kept me accountable with the Classics Club and expanded the classic genres I’ve read in the past.