January 4, 2009
This time of year is so busy – and yet I love all the wrap up posts written by the lit-bloggers. And I love clearing my desk and starting over again. There is always such a sense of new beginnings. THIS year I will be less stressed. THIS year I will acheive ALL my goals. I learned long ago, however, not to make resolutions – if only because of the sense or failure I feel when I don’t acheive them!
I have reflected on 2008 and written a wrap up post, and I have started looking ahead to 2009 with regard to my time-limited challenges and my perpetual challenges. I’ll be honest, though…my real goal for 2009 is to have down time. Time to relax. Time to ‘smell the roses.’ Time to connect with friends and family. Time to work on that unfinished novel that sits gathering dust in my desk. Is it just me, or does time seem more elusive the older we get?
I have finished the first book of 2009 – The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (read my review). Have any of you read this Booker Prize winning book? I found it largely enjoyable, although I did not like the narrator – a pathological, cynical murderer. I give kudos to Adiga for weaving an entertaining book.
Last night I picked up Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. Wow. I could not put it down. I read straight through page 60 and fell asleep with the book on my chest. I will be finishing this book today.
And then what? Well I have a huge stack of books on my shelf and this month I hope to read the following:
- Breathing Out the Ghost, by Kirk Curnutt (I’ll be hosting a book tour on my blog for this book on the 19th)
- The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by Tiffany Baker
- In Hovering Flight, by Joyce Hinnefeld
- A Thousand Veils, by D.J. Murphy
- After the Floods, by Bruce Henricksen
- The Road Home, by Rose Tremain
- Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
- Something by Anne Tyler…not sure yet which book to choose
I am hosting a couple of challenges here on Caribousmom. If you haven’t done so, why not check them out:
Perpetual 5 Under 35 Challenge
Themed Reading Challenge (begins February 1st)
So what are you doing today? Are there some great books stacked up beside you? It is cold here and we have several inches of snow on the ground. I am getting ready to stoke up the woodstove and settle down with my coffee and be transported to the countryside of Norway. Wherever you are today, I hope you are relaxing with a good book!