Happy New Year! It's my 15th year hosting Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks and I'm looking forward to a whole new year of exploring different genres. I'll have a little bit more freedom because I won't be doing 52 books on Well Trained Mind any more. Decided it was time to hang up my hosting shoes and let someone else take the reins.
I want to read more nonfiction this year and also read more faith based books. Read Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain years ago and since then have dipped into his various books. Decided to work my way through his Journals and have had the first one Run to the Mountain in my virtual stacks forever. And I had also added the 2nd journal Entering the Silence to my physical stacks last year. So started Run to the Mountain this morning. Lots of yellow and orange highlights in kindle. LOL! So it looks like I’ll be immersing myself in Thomas Merton this year.
I went hog wild with Henry Nouwen and added a few of his to my stacks. Started You are My Beloved daily devotional this morning. Plus I’ll be working through his Draw Ever Closer (30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher) next month most likely.
I'm trying to wean myself off of using my cell phone so much so instead my bathroom book will be Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It.
Lot of sip reads, so I'm off to a good start with the non fiction.
Haruki Murakami is our author of the month on 52 Books so I'll be reading several of his books including Novelist as a Vocation, Men Without Women, After Dark, and a reread of 1Q84.
I'm reading through the alphabet again from A to Z and back again so my A books are Murakami’s After Dark and Kevin Anderson’s Clockwork Angels.
Writing wise, I didn't finish Red Thief. I discovered making multiple passes through scenes filling in character, setting, senses, etc. works but it takes more time. Also I didn't listen to the characters and sometime during the year I wrote myself into a hole and had to dig my way out. With the start of the new year, I really need to redo my timeline, go through the story, and write down what needs to be done. I like the story. So does my husband. At least the few snippets he's seen so I need to finish the damn book.
Think I'll also go back to journaling again as I stopped mid year. I need to go through all the writing books I have, decide on 52 writing prompts for the year because they really do stimulate my imagination. Also freewriting helps me come up with poems, short stories, and story ideas so it is beneficial.