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January 2013 Review – and some notes on reading advanced book proofs

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For me, I think January has been quite a fruitful reading month. I may not be quite as voracious as other books bloggers but I’m pleased with how I’m doing. I always feel so behind as I don’t read as much as others and I need to keep reminding myself that it’s not a competition! This month, I finished reading Gone Girl (which I’ll discuss next week after I’ve met up with the book club), I finally read Pride and Prejudice, and I have read two advanced proof copies of books from my work – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness.

I’m a bit loath to review the proof copies on my blog – part of this is that it doesn’t seem right to review books that haven’t been released yet (A Tale for the Time Being will be out in March and The Crane Wife isn’t out until April), the other part being that I don’t want anything to bias my book reviews other than my own personal views upon reading them.

So I suppose this is just a note to say that I will keep tracking any proofs I read for my work on my Books 2013 page (I will note this alongside it), but I probably won’t write a review of them here. I may still occasionally write reviews of backlist titles by Canongate though I will try and keep this blog for my own personal reading.

On to February and what I will be reading – I’ve started reading Wuthering Heights (which I already have mixed feelings about) and I’m hoping to also finally get to grips with Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I’ll hopefully manage to fit in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins too. Other than that I have no plans as yet and shall wait to see what whims betake me!

What have you been reading in January? And is there anything you’re looking forward to reading in February?

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Reading Plans for 2013

What my reading looks like for this year so far...

What my reading looks like for this year so far…

I tried the structured approach last year, with my reading list. Although I think that was useful as it brought together some of the books I had been wanting to read for some time, I think this year I will be reading more on whim. There are always interesting books that pop up throughout the year so the list of books I want to read grows and grows. I have already finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which was just brilliant and I only first caught wind of it a couple of months ago. It was a book club pick so I’ll wait until after then to discuss it more and leave you hanging on…

I will be working my way through my bookshelves as they stand at the moment. From this, two portions of planned reading have emerged, thanks to a little pre-Christmas indulgence when Penguin were doing their 50% discount deal.

The first of these two will be a burst of classics. I really like the Penguin English Library covers and I used it as an excuse to buy some classics I hadn’t read. I’ll be starting this in mid-January, finishing (hopefully!) by the end of February. The books on the list are stellar, and I am a little ashamed to say that I have never read them:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I know, I know, I hang my head – a young woman who loves Kate Bush and hasn’t even read Wuthering Heights?! I did start it when I was younger but didn’t get very far… This will be duly rectified soon and I cannot wait – I want to see what all the fuss is about! The 28th of January sees the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice so I will be reading that after finishing off my current read, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

The next planned reading session is an Evelyn Waugh month. I read Brideshead Revisited a few years ago and really loved it, and since seeing Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things I have been keen to read Vile Bodies as that’s what it is based on. Again, these were picked up for a steal from Penguin. There are three to read and I may try and make a little event out of this – I’m pencilling this in for April at the moment but this may change. The books I’ll be reading by Waugh will be:

Vile Bodies
A Handful of Dust
Scoop

I quite like the idea of small, focused challenges to get stuck into as I think they’ll also make me more focused in my blogging. Time will tell! If you fancy reading some of these books along with me then do let me know – the more the merrier.

Oh, and all the best for 2013!

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