It wouldn’t be the New Year without a few reading challenges doing the rounds, and I am embarking upon three!
The nine novels of The Forsyte Saga Chronicles is the first, Liz, Karen and I and possibly one or two others are doing this – there isn’t a hard and fast timetable, broadly one volume of three novels every four months. I have talked about this read-a-long before, and can now report that having finished the first novel and the interlude which comes after it – I am hooked. My first Forsyte review will be up in a day in a day or two.
The second challenge is another Librarything Virago group read, the Virago group have had some superb year-long challenges in the past – and this is another! The Seven Ages of Women; books concerned with; childhood, coming of age, independence, marriage and relationships, motherhood, self-discovery and old age of women. I have created a new page on this blog, mainly for my own use, but you can find the wonderful list of books that have been chosenhere. The books on the list are mainly Virago or Persephone editions – unsurprisingly we are a Virago readers group, and there are some simply fantastic titles on the list.
The final challenge is one I am in great need of; #TBR20 was started by Eva Stalker over on Twitter. Basically you pledge to read twenty books from your tbr before buying another book. I have no intention of just reading the twenty books in my pile and nothing else – so I am hoping that by the time I have got to the bottom of my #TBR20 pile – I will have made a much bigger hole in my enormous tbr. Many of the books in my pile are ones I want to read soon, but generally I gathered a fairly random pile together without thinking too much about it. Another great thing about #TBR20 is you can join at any time, it doesn’t have to be January the 1st. Some people are already a few books into their piles, while I am reading my first, because I didn’t add the Forsyte Saga to the pile.