Jan 2, 2013

It’s Here! Long-Awaited Reads Month Has Begun

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Welcome to Long-Awaited Reads Month, which Iris and I will be hosting until the end of January. I know some of you were already planning to join us, but if you’re on the fence, I thought this would be a good opportunity to remind you that you absolutely don’t have to commit for the whole month – you’re more than welcome to join us by simply reading a book or two that you’d been meaning to get to for a while.

In case you’re wondering how the community side of the event is going to work, here’s what Iris and I have planned:
  • We’re going to do link round-ups about halfway through the month and again at the end, so if you’re participating, feel free to leave your links in either my welcome post or Iris’;

  • There are also going to be giveaways, and we’ll consider each link dropped an entry (if you’re not a blogger or just don’t get around to reviewing what you read, you can still enter by leaving a comment telling us a little bit about your reading. The point of this is not to make you jump through hoops, but to make the comments more interesting to read than “enter me, please”);

  • My prize will be a book you’ve always wanted to read but don’t yet own that is up to $15/€11/£10 on BookDepository, and the giveaway is open worldwide. Iris is offering the same;

  • If anyone wants to host a mini-challenge related to the project (say, “Read a long-awaited classic” or “Reread a book you’ve been meaning to revisit”) and contribute with a prize of their own, that would be awesome – we’ll be more than happy to send participants your way;

  • Finally, if you want to use Twitter to talk about your reading, the hashtag is #LARMonth.
To those of you who are planning to join us, what do you think you’ll be reading? As for me, I’m currently reading The Snow Child. I meant to have finished it over the Christmas holidays, but no matter – it totally counts for this project, as I’ve been coveting it since before it was published. When I’m done, I’ll finally dive into Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series, which should keep me busy for a while. Then, depending on how much time I have left, I’d like to get to Connie Willis’ Blackout, the rest of Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy, and a few classics like The Well of Loneliness or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I have a feeling it’s going to be a most excellent reading month.

33 comments:

Bookgazing said...

I am reading Un Lun Dun before it goes back to the library mid Jan and it is long but I am still on for reading the MWT book in Jan as I too have been meaning to read it for ages. Does it work for you if we read independantly and meet at the end of Jan for that planned co-review?

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

Yes, definitely! Looking forward to your thoughts on Un Lun Dun, btw :D

JoV said...

"Enter me, please!" :D
I have a few Middle East books to plough through before I head to Jordan. So the book reading now on my book blog and including the tome "Jerusalem" by Simon Sebag Montifiore is one that I need to finish.

I also hope to finish a few books on January in Japan. and kick start my new year's reading challenge in a big way!

http://bibliojunkie.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/reading-challenge-2013-am-i-sure-about-this/

Thanks for hosting!

Iris said...

Yay! So happy to be organising this with you. Really, thinking of all the books I want to read is cheering me up so much.

Victoria (Eve's Alexandria) said...

I decided not to do any challenges or themed reading this year but this is so exactly what I want to do that I think I will be joining in. My first long awaited read is going to be Crime and Punishment I think, and then Pilcrow by Adam Mars-Jones. And of course there are dozens on my TBR that are long long overdue! I'm really looking forward to it. Why do we put these things off?

sakura said...

Both you and Iris' enthusiasm is catching. I was planning to read Shusaku Endo's Silence but may have to make a list of other books I've been meaning to read for this month!

Fiona said...

I'm thinking of joining... who knows how many I'll be able to read though I don't know what yet I'll have to give it some more thought. The trouble is my 'excited to read' kinda changes every month anyway depending very much on mood. But there are definitely some out there. Maybe a Chris Bohjalian or an Andrew Taylor.

Charlie said...

I'm hoping to make a start in the next couple of days (finishing last year's reading didn't quite go to plan so am a bit late). Most likely starting with The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite as it's the book I've had the longest (well, of the ones I plan to read). Hope you're enjoying The Snow Child!

Bina said...

Happy new year, Ana! That's such a great idea, everyone has probably tons of these books :)
I'll join you with An Instance of the Fingerpost which I've been meaning to read for about a year and has acquired a lot of dust on the shelf. If I fnd the time I'll also finally read The Return of the Soldier.

LibraryHungry said...

I jumped the gun and got started yesterday! Here's my first post, for John Scalzi's Red Shirts.

Debi said...

I'm definitely starting with The 10 p.m. Question!!! :D And I may start Bad Science to have a non-fiction book going as well. And after The 10 p.m. Question, I'm thinking about reading either Saffy's Angel or Among Others, but I'll see where my mood takes me then. I can't thank you and Iris enough for coming up with this--I'm just so looking forward to this reading month!!!

Too Fond said...

Count me in--I'll be reading Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier. Thanks for hosting!

Zibilee said...

I am going to be reading a Dickens novel and a few others that I started and abandoned because of commitments. This is a particularly interesting and fun challenge, and the only one I am joining this year!

Quirky BookandFilmBuff said...

This sounds like fun. I'll be reading No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy -- it's been sitting on a shelf unread for several years.

Kathleen said...

Happy New Year Ana. I'm not joining any challenges this year but will be interested to see what you read for this one!

Sasha said...

As I said over at Iris's blog: I love the idea that you two have put your heads together and plotted. I'm caught up in the hope the new year brings--maybe the reading/blogging doldrums will lift? And #LARMonth is looking to be part of that. Vonnegut, James Salter, and a slim Franzen are among my choices. :)

Also: Please like The Tenant of Wildfell Hall because it just shattered me when I read it!

Chris Howard said...

I am SO happy that you're reading The Snow Child and I hope you're loving it!!! Also as I just told Iris, I'm beyond thrilled that y'all are doing this. I'm so damn excited about this!! I'm starting with Toni Morrison's Beloved :D Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANA :D

Howard Sherman said...

I like this! I just started Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny which is book I've had my eye on for years and has been on my TBR list for months.

There's a funny story about this book which I'll share when I review it.

3goodrats said...

Oh, yes! Right now I'm finishing up Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier which I've FINALLY gotten around to, and will soon be starting Honolulu by Alan Brennert, which has been on my to-read list longer than any other book.

By the way, The Snow Child was one of my favorite books from 2012 - I hope you love it too!

Gavin said...

I've got at least two on my pile for this event which runs concurrent with the TBR Double Dog Dare - A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Thanks to both of you for organizing this!

Jenny said...

Yayyy! I'm excited this is happening! I haven't decided yet what I'm going to read but I am going to have a look at my shelves and see what would suit this month the best. Thanks to you and Iris for hosting!

Eva said...

Have fun Ana! I find myself mainly interested in reading more by authors I already love (fiction-wise, at least), so I think I'm going to ride that for awhile. But as I said on Iris' blog, I might work in Nights at the Circus!

Sarah Park said...

I wanna join this one also. I still have to choose which book should I have. I might offer a mini challenge as well.

Vishy said...

Nice to know about this event, Ana! I love the theme :) I will look forward to reading your thoughts on your long awaited reads and also those of other participants. Happy reading!

Vivienne said...

I loved The Snow Child. Definitely one of my favourite reads last year. I definitely want to join this challenge and I am trying to think which book I should start with. Possibly After The Snow as I have been meaning to read that all year. Shall have a think.

samantha.1020 said...

I love this idea so much! I can't seem to settle on which book I want to read for this but I'll definitely link up when I figure it out. There are just so many books that I can't wait to read!!!

Vasilly said...

Nymeth, I'm so glad that you and Iris decided to do this! I think I'm going to read Among Others.

Meghan said...

Blackout is on my list too! I don't know why I haven't read it yet, so that means I clearly should. :D I read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall a few years ago and I liked it, but I don't remember it particularly well. :/ I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of The Snow Child too, as I just bought that over Christmas.

I'm glad you both hosted this - I've been looking forward to it!

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

yay, I'm excited that so many of you are joining us - I can't wait to hear all about your reading :D

PS: I finished The Snow Child and really liked it.

Bella said...

I'm going to jump in and do this as well. It coincides well with my return to blogging and I think this will something I definitely will be able to commit too, since I have a few weeks I've been meaning to read but haven't gotten to.

Kelsey Noel said...

I'm a new blogger, so this a perfect way to motivate :)
I've always wanted to read some Robin McKinley, so I started with Deerskin
Now on to Game of Thrones!

LibraryHungry said...

Just finished another--Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue, which is just as great as I hoped it would be. I always mean to do this and never do--thank you for hosting it!

Livia said...

Thanks for sharing this project, Ana and Iris. This month I finally managed to read Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (here's a review; sadly I was mostly disappointed by this book) and also The Fault in Our Stars (which I liked; does it count as a LAR? I postponed reading it for a year). Now I'm reading Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, and though I'm not sure I'm going to finish it by tomorrow so far it's a great book so I really can't complain. :)

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