As we explained last year, the rules are very simple and the event is meant to be completely relaxed. Here’s what you have to do:
- Read books you’ve been excited to read for a long time but never seem to get to in January. You can do this exclusively for the whole month (my approach), you can do it for just one week, or you can simply try to get to one or two of these books in January. Your level of commitment is entirely up to you!
- At the beginning of January, Iris and I will post something signalling the official start of Long-Awaited Reads month. If you’re taking part, you can come back to these posts and leave us a link to a LAR-related review; you’ll then be entered in a giveaway for a book you’ve always wanted to read that is up to $15/€11/£10 on BookDepository (open worldwide).
- If you want to talk about the event on Twitter, the hashtag is #LARMonth.
- Have fun!
Now, I don’t want to take the spontaneity away from my plans by committing to reading specific books; but having said that, everyone loves a good reading list, and this post will be a lot more fun if I tell you about some of my long-awaited reads. So even though I make no commitment, here are a few of the books I could read come January:
- Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis: I already had them in mind last year but ran out of time. Will 2014 be the year when I finally get to them?
- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Because Adichie is amazing and I must read everything she’s ever written. I actually own this short story collection, so no excuses.
- Octavian Nothing duology M.T. Anderson: About time I fill this huge gap in my YA knowledge.
- A Mind of its Own by Cordelia Fine: Cordelia Fine has another book and I’ve owned it for almost a year and still haven’t read it: something’s clearly not right here.
- Starlight by Stella Gibbons: I loved Westwood, another one of her recent reissues. I meant to read this shortly after, but obviously that didn’t happen.
- Emily of New Moon series by L.M. Montgomery: I’ve had a lovely little boxed set with this series for a good three years now, and it has lingered unread on my shelves. I have to confess, though, that the gorgeous covers on the recent Virago reissues might have been what swayed me for good.
- A Face Like Glass and The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge: I could happily rename the event “Read Frances Hardinge forever in a loop” month, to be honest. The only sad thing is that when I finally get to these there will be no more books of hers for me to read.
- The Exiles by Hilary McKay: Hilary Mckay! Self-explanatory, right?
- James Tiptree, JR.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips: This biography is so sure to touch on so many things I’m interested in I can’t even. Why it’s lingered unread on my shelves for years and years is therefore a complete mystery.
- How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ: Exactly as above.
- Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente: Folk tales! Gorgeous prose! What’s not to love?
I hope you’ll consider joining us for LAR Month — even if you can’t commit for the whole of January, it’s so satisfying to finally get to a book you really want to read but can never make the time for. The only thing that could possibly make it better is doing it with blogging friends.