so, after my last post, rachel pointed out that while i claimed to be reading the books i already owned, she had personally witnessed me buy a lot of books on vacation. which is true, and about which i had completely forgotten. touché, rachel.
vacation and a few months in springtime aside, i have tried to keep my book-buying this year to a minimum. i have a bad habit of buying books and then savoring the anticipation of reading them too much to actually read them. my friend tiffany pointed out that at some point the anticipation fades away to the point where you don’t actually want to read them anymore. touché, tiffany.
one of the things i do to keep myself engaged in reading books i already own is to read thematically. so for the past couple years, i’ve made an effort to read certain types of books in certain months: classics in july, mysteries in may, etc.
this year, i didn’t really plan for any thematic reading; i read mysteries in may and i’ve been making a more concerted effort to read series in full (when possible), but that’s about it. and because i’ve also been trying to read the books on my kindle that have been there for years, reading hasn’t been exciting, per se; i just click to the oldest pages on my kindle and choose whichever book in that short range i feel most like reading in the moment.
so to make reading a little more exciting and thematic again, i decided that this month i’m going to read alphabetically, choosing one country that begins with each letter, in order, and read a book that’s set there. i’ve thought for a while that books set in other places are the next best thing to actually visiting that place, and that makes me extremely excited about my virtual rtw.
i thought, too, once i had decided that, that it would be fun to post a picture of the book on instagram or the blog or something to share with others what i’m reading. people have made comments to me in the past that intimated to me that a public accounting of how and what and when i read would be interesting to some – which is one of the reasons i started regularly using goodreads – but then i look at how many times i post updates to twitter and think, is this actually useful or helpful or interesting to anyone or am i just annoying people?
so, thoughts? posts on the blog or ig or twitter or multiple? when i start the book or when i end it? would reviews of each one be interesting?
i love reading and i love talking about it and i love having conversations about how to read more, but i want to make sure that when i initiate those conversations here that they’re helpful and not just noise.
and in case you were wondering what i’m reading to kick off the month: a is for afghanistan, and i’ll be reading the bookseller of kabul by åsne seierstad.