Friday, April 29, 2011

Book List for May/Final Decision on the Monthly Themes

Good morning, everyone! May is just a a few days away and I've come up with my tentative reading list for the month. I'll share it with you in just a moment, but first I wanted to announce my decision regarding the monthly themes aspect of my blog.

Sometimes you come up with a really good idea and then executing it just doesn't work out. The monthly themes were like that. I don't like to feel tied down and the themes kind of started to feel like that, even after only doing them for two months. I have shelves upon shelves of books at home that I've never read that have nothing to do with the themes that I picked and that don't really lend themselves to that kind of structure. I had only one person vote that they would really miss the themes, whereas the other people who voted either didn't care or didn't really like them, so I don't think you, my followers, are going to be too heartbroken. I think this will give me more freedom to just pick up any book I want to and will make me more willing to break with my monthly schedule of books without feeling guilty. It'll also mean that if I'm just not feeling a book, I'll be more likely to just put it down and move on.

I do want to announce two new features before I give you my reading list for May. The first is my Big Book of the Month. I have a ton of huge books on my shelves just waiting to be read (and a few that I'd like to reread) so I'm giving myself the task of reading one of these giant tomes every month. The second is the Series of the Month, which was born out of two things: first, the fact that I have a few series that I've started but haven't finished; and two, I have a few ongoing series that I'm reading and I like to reread the books in the series before reading a new one. "Series" includes things like trilogies, too, and none of the series are going to be over four or five books long. If these features don't work out, then I can always drop them in the future. Regardless, I'll still be here posting away about books. I'm not going anywhere, folks.

I also will be continuing with the "Read Me, Baby, One More Time Challenge" so I'll be doing a few rereads. In addition, I'm going to start chipping away at my To Be Read list (*gasp*).

So, I'm sure you're all curious as to what I'm planning on reading for next month. As always, none of this is set in stone but as of right now, here's the list:

-Big Book of the Month: Imajica by Clive Barker (reread)
-Series of the Month: Dante Valentine by Lilith Saintcrow (two rereads, three never-been-reads)
-Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
-A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (reread)
-Cosi Fan Tutti by Michael Dibdin
-The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt
-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)
-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
-The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (recommended by Nonners)
-Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (Yes, another Neil Gaiman book. I'm addicted. Sue me.)
-Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (recommended by Becca)
-Possession by A.S. Byatt (recommended by Christa)

Total: 16 books

So what are you guys planning on reading in the near future? Let me know in the comments.



  1. Yay!!!!!! You're reading (or are going to read) The Screwtape Letters....I can't wait.

  2. I kind of can't wait, either. First, it has to do with demons, which I've always found kind of interesting. Second, it takes another book off my TBR list. Third, I'm curious as to how my impressions of the book differ from yours.

  3. Me too. For all of what you just said. And I have soooooo much to say about. I couldn't put it in one post. So it ended up being all jumbled and half done because if I went on for much longer it would have been a novel.

  4. That's all right, most of my posts are novels. Or, at least, novellas. In fact, the posts that I have prescheduled for next week are, like, Tolstoy long.

    I'm going to grab Screwtape Letters from my library tomorrow but I may not get around to it for a few weeks. I haven't figured out what order I'm reading all of these books in.