My reading plans change as frequently as the winds on Lake Champlain so I read whatever suits my mood or craving. I usually have an idea of what I would like to read sooner. Creating a large pool to draw from and keeping me organized are the Dread Pile o’Reads, sci-fi/fantasy, banned books, and 1001 “must read” book lists.
One year 98% of my reading was of the sci-fi/fantasy realms. I was definitely in the mood, but I prefer my reading to be more well-rounded. I’ve since discovered that reading challenges are useful for that while pointing me to books I keep meaning to read. They’re also good sources of reading suggestions, discussions, broadening horizons, and fun. Some of this summer’s reading will go for the Books of the Century and GLBT challenges. I will also be finishing 100 Shots of Short and re-launching the Sci-Fi Challenge in early August.
I began participating in a reading group among friends shortly before it fizzled out due to conflicting schedules. It was a bummer, but I also have a hard enough time getting through my own pile. Thanks to Sarah, I recently began participating in my first bloggers’ read-along and will be again. Now I’m finally getting around to Moby Dick (150 pages to go!) and Don Quixote, hosted by Infinite Zombies and Winstonsdad. I’m debating participating in the Ulysses read-along hosted by Infinite Zombies. It’s been on my list, but I think reading it while battling windmills may be madness, even if I am using the abridged edition I already own instead of Edith Grossman’s 922 page translation. Or maybe that will allow me to do both, we’ll see. Don Quixote‘s begins July 19th, its first discussion is on the 26th. The outline for Ulysses is:
July 12: Episodes 1-3 (~40 pages)
July 19: Eps 4-6 (~50 pages)
July 26: Eps. 7-9 (~80 pages)
August 2: Eps. 10-12 (~ 100 pages)
August 9: Eps. 13 & 14 (~65 pages; ep. 14 is where a lot of people give up)
August 16: Ep. 15 (~150 pages, it’s a play so fewer words)
August 23: Eps 16 & 17 (~100 pages)
August 30: Ep. 18 (~35 pages of unpunctuated monologue)
With those navigational points in mind, I’ll be sailing through summer with:
Oscar Wilde- An Ideal Husband
Oscar Wilde- The Importance of Being Ernest
Gertrude Stein- Tender Buttons
Miguel de Cervantes- Don Quixote
Robert Silverburg- Lord Valentine’s Castle
George R.R. Martin- Wild Cards #1 (anthology)
David Hartwell- Year’s Best Fantasy 3 (anthology)
Ursula Le Guin- the Language of the Night (essays on sci-fi/fantasy)
I read Le Guin’s essays from time to time, but would like to make more head way. I’ve only read two shorts from Best Fantasy so far thanks to Moby Dick.
I got distracted while reading the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente so I am going to start over and finish reading it online for free, which is the only way it’s available thus far. I will most likely break my new books ban and finally acquire the Orphan’s Tales books. I may re-read Palimpsest simply because I haven’t visited its citizens since last February.
So with 11 books, 2 per-maybe-haps, and possible additions or changes of course, I’ll be circumnavigating the genres, books I own, and my reading list this summer. This mapping was inspired in part due to Carl’s post, which made a good sounding board.
What are your reading plans for the summer? Are you participating in any reading challenges or read-alongs? If you read any of the books or authors mentioned, what did you think?