Now my bookish OCD has reared its head and I've decided to use a theme or challenge to help structure my monthly reading. I'm not saying I won't read something different, but if my goal is to finish a challenge in month or so then focusing that reading may help my book anxiety. What is book anxiety? Well, I find myself overwhelmed by my bookshelves, the library stacks, interlibrary loan treasures, book challenges, and readalongs. TOO MANY BOOKS FREAK OUT GASP GASP GASP!!!!!
May I present to you my theme for January:
I love Charles Dickens and his 200th birthday is in February so naturally I'd love to spend some time reading Dickens. I will not only spend time reading Charles Dickens's fiction, but I'll also be reading non-fiction about Dickens and Victorian England and fiction based on Dickens's characters or even Dickens himself. Of course I've already assembled a book pool (duh, book OCD):
My definitely reading list:
- Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
- A House to Let by Charles Dickens (with Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell)
- Charles Dickens by Michael Slater
- Victorian London by Liza Picard
- The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits edited by Mike Ashley
- We Two: Victoria and Albert by Gillian Gill
- Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
- The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
Now it is time to spend the remainder of my Sunday "mom time" reading Wolf Hall.