I hope everyone had a lovely holiday week! I sure did, and it was rather freeing to be away from the blog from a little while. I decided it was time to just let it rest.
Our Christmas is always rather low key in terms of gifts. My husband and I don’t exchange gifts, and somehow, no one else I knew gave me any books either. I know, incredible, right? I got nary a book for Christmas; in the book blogosphere, that is quite odd, I think. That said, my husband and I did get me an ereader — a Nook Color — back in November and that was my big gift of the year. I love it! We’re also getting a new door for our patio one of these days. It’s been ordered and a deposit has been paid!
Santa brought Raisin books this year because that’s what he said he wanted most of all. He must be my child. Raisin was delighted with the handful of picture books. I also got him an inexpensive Magic School Bus Microscope kit and an inflatable globe. The grandparents sent toys and puzzles. Other than that, we try to keep Christmas not too materialistic. I think I spent more on other people’s gift cards, holiday fudge, and other small presents than I did on our own family’s presents (new door and nook not included in that general estimate). We enjoyed spending lots of time together at home and at my parents’ home, which is about an hour away from our home.
My baby girl is due in two months now, and I realize I will probably have more unplanned breaks from the blog as I finish off this pregnancy and welcome her into the world. Bear with me: even when I’m not posting, I’m still reading!
This week I finished reading Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris (March book club read) and Enchanted Hunters by Maria Tatar (about children’s literature). I’m in the midst of a popular science book about newborn babies, and I want to read my February book club book in the coming weeks too (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter). There are many other great books on my to read list for the coming year.
For January, I’m planning on joining in two classics events. First there is Allie’s Shakespeare Reading Month. I plan on reading the three Henry VI plays (I’m almost done with part 1). Everything I’ve read indicates these aren’t the best of the Bard’s plays (and I’m not wowed yet by part 1), and so I’m hoping I’ll also have time to read or reread some of his better works as well so it will be more satisfying. I also have a nonfiction book called The Shakespeare Thefts I received from LibraryThing EarlyReviewers that I plan on reading and posting about during January.
The next classic event is Fig and Thistle’s Charles Dickens month. I am currently reading Bleak House for my January book group, so I will plan on writing update posts on Tuesdays through January. If that goes well and I finish early, I may read Hard Times (which looks short) or I may find something else to read by or about Dickens. Any suggestions for shorter nonfiction books about Charles Dickens’ era?
I also have a few netgalley books I’d like to read before baby comes in February, but we’ll see. Many aren’t published until after the baby’s due date. I’m trying not to plan too much, given the unknowns in the coming months.
What are you planning on reading first in the New Year?