24 Festive Tasks: Door 22 –
New Year’s Eve, Tasks 1 and 3:
Your 2019 Book Goals: what are they?
New Year’s Book Lottery: Write the names of the first 5 books you’re planning to read in 2019 onto identical pieces of paper, fold them, place them in a bowl (or bucket, jar, box, etc.), and draw one to determine the very first book you’re going to start in the new year.
2019 Reading Plans:
I am planning a reprise of my Women Writers project for 2019; with a twist, however: On Goodreads, I used to be a member of the Around the World in 80 Books group (the name is pretty much self-explanatory) — I’d like to combine that basic idea with my “women writers” selections, with the aim of diversifying my reading regionally / internationally. While my 2018 Women Writers project was a rousing success in terms of the male / female author ratio (roughly 2:1), it’s impossible to miss that I read a lot of books by English and North American authors; so in 2019, I’m going to aim for a wider spread next year, both in terms of authors and book settings.
(By the same token, I am also planning to continue my exploration of the world of Golden Age mysteries, so make of that what you will … there’s bound to be some juggling, I suspect.)
With the above diversification aim in mind, I picked my 5 candidates for the first book I am going to read in 2019:
… which were then folded and went into the drawing box, where they were thoroughly shaken up and mixed:
And the winner is:
… which is excellent news, since Xinran’s Sky Burial (which I just read today) is truly outstanding; even if The Good Women of China, going by what I’ve heard, makes for truly heartrending reading at times.