Jan 5, 2014

Welcome Back to Long-Awaited Reads Month

Long-awaited Reads Month button showing a pile of books

Long-Awaited Reads Month is back! That means it’s time to reach for all those books you’ve been excited to get to for ages but kept putting off for whatever reason and have a glorious reading month. In case you’re wondering, it’s not too late to join in, and as I said last time the guidelines couldn’t be simpler:

  • This January, read a book you’ve always meant to read, or spend the month doing nothing but reading long-awaited books — it’s entirely up to you.

  • As a little reward/incentive, my co-host Iris and I are giving away a book you’ve always wanted to read but don’t yet own that is up to $15/€11/£10 on Book Depository to a participant anywhere in the world.

  • To enter, you can leave a link to a post about whatever you read for LAR Month in one of our intro posts; if you’re not a blogger or don’t get around to reviewing your books, you can still enter by leaving us a comment telling us a little bit about what you read. Each book read will count as an entry. As I said, the giveaway is open to anyone — the only thing we ask is that you make sure we have a way to contact you if you enter.

  • Lastly, if you want to use Twitter to talk about your reading, the hashtag is #LARMonth.

  • I have to say that January is not exactly my favourite month of the year (the post-holidays and spring-is-still-ages-away blues always hit me pretty hard), so I’m quite proud to have helped create something that makes the cold days ahead a bit more cheerful. I’ve been mulling on my potential reads and I think I’m going to start with Hilary McKay’s The Exiles and L.M. Montgomery’s Emily books, two series I’ve been (of course) meaning to read for ages. I hope you’ll consider joining us and that you’ll have lots of fun if you do!


    1. Oh goodness, the Exiles and the sequels are lovely, and I envy you the pleasure of reading them for the first time!

      I'm in--just about all of my birthday books count as long awaited reads!

    2. I am hoping to get to some reading this week. :)

    3. aw you should move here it feels like spring already!!

      Enjoy your long awaited reads month, Ana!

    4. Aw, LM Montgomery. I prefer the Anne books to Emily, but many people like the slightly, darker Emily books. Enjoy!

      Everything I read in January is a LAR book, especially if it's one I've bought.

    5. YAY to the Emily books. (I know I have said that already, but there is never an end to my love of the Emily books.)

      I have two posts scheduled for LAR Month! Both nonfiction (yay)! I love this event, and I'm so pleased you and Iris are hosting it again this year.

    6. So excited about this month and I hope that all of the wonderful books you read this month keep your spirits lifted, Ana :)

    7. I'm reading just one long book, and am so loving it. Thanks for the gentle push to do so.

    8. Wonderful to know about 'Long awaited Reads', Ana! I will look forward to following your reading adventures and that of other participants on LAR. Happy reading!

    9. Sometimes I just feel so ignorant--I've never even heard of the Emily books.

      I've started both Saffy's Angel and Delusions of Gender for my first two LAR books! And am LOVING them both!!!

      Hope this January defies expectations in all the right ways for you, Ana--that the weather is milder and the sun shines more and that your reads are even better than you'd imagined!!!

    10. Two months ago I resolved to read one of the long-awaited 'chunksters' a month, for a year. So far I have read Olav Duun's "The People from Juvik" and Scott's Ivanhoe. January is reserved for Sholokhov's "Quiet flows the Don" and I am very looking forward to it..
      All the best in the New Year,

    11. I've posted on mine! The Story of a Soul, Shades of Milk and Honey and Eat Cake. I think I might try to squeeze in the bio of Virginia Woolf, too.
      Happy New Year and I echo Chris' cheering thought "May all your reads lift your spirits!"

    12. I'm reading Suite Francais at the moment and loving it. Really enjoying this month already - I agree that this 'challenge' makes January better and I love that you're pretty much 'promised' good reads by it.

    13. My long-awaited list is so long and ever growing!! I am desperate to finish The Kindly Ones and to read Byatt's The Children's Book, both of which I have started but not quite fallen in love with.
      My first book of January was surprising outstanding - Someone Else's Son by Sam Hayes. You can read the review here: http://longingtobe.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/someone-elses-son-sam-hayes/

    14. So excited to have just fallen in love with Caroline Moorehead's A Train in Winter - this is another of my long-awaited reads and I'm so excited by the prospect of more late nights (early mornings?) powering through this magnificent story. I highly recommend to those reading Nemirovsky - Iris, you will enjoy this one!

    15. I am disproportionately pleased with myself for getting up a review of Bad Pharma. :p http://readingtheend.com/2014/01/08/review-bad-pharma-ben-goldacre/

    16. Well, pretty much my entire bookshelf qualifies, so I'm sure I can find something! I'm in!

    17. Here's my first LAR for the month - Miss Hargreaves!


    18. At last I have read In the Freud Archives, by Janet Malcolm!


      (I didn't love it.)

    19. I've just posted about my first LAR month read!

      Sharon Shinn's Jenna Starborn (I liked it, but it's not my favorite Shinn book, by any means).

    20. I hope this is the right place to post my link to my post about this month's reading.

    21. I read Dead Souls, and it took me a long time! It was great though. http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2014/01/dead-souls.html

      I'm now reading Maidenhair, which is definitely a LAR, but there is no way I will finish it by the end of the month.

    22. Two more long awaited reads --

      The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

      The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll

      Both were fantastic books. Why did they sit on my shelf for so long?! ;)

    23. My comment doesn't seem to have worked? Anyway, I read Gogol's "Dead Souls" FINALLY. http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2014/01/dead-souls.html

      I've also started "Maidenhair," which is definitely an LAR, but there is no way I will finish soon.

    24. Here is my post:

    25. I loved my long-awaited reads this month - especially Code Name Verity. OMG, sooo good! :)


    26. Forgot to post my links. I read and reviewed three:




    27. Hello! I don't blog much but I sort of planned my reading for January with LAR Month in mind. I did not manage to read as many books as I planned but I was really happy with the ones I finished last month. I got around to reading The Raven Boys, which was such an enjoyable and evocative read and a great book to start off the year. I'm not normally drawn to stories that feature the supernatural and psychics but reviews heaped praises, and when I saw the cover and the blurb it reminded me of the F4 boys from the manga/series I used to like (Boys Over Flowers); the Aglionby boys are a far more interesting and kinder group of students though(I think!). Can't wait to acquire The Dream Thieves.

      I'm not sure why I didn't read Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery until now. It's a book I instantly loved for its beautiful prose, nature descriptions and the very likable Anne Shirley with her romantic outlook in life.

      I have a goal to read all Discworld novels so I got through Small Gods and Thief of Time. I was never bored and I marvel at how funny, moving, and wise they are.

      I learned some things from Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams/Mark Carwardine. Verdigris Deep meanwhile didn't 'move' me but I enjoyed Frances Hardinge's writing, and I appreciated that it included real life complexities and is not just a cautionary tale of be careful what you wish for.
      That's all. Thank you Ana and Iris for continuing to write thoughtful things about books etc., I learn much from your blogs. :))


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