What Kind of Woman – Kate Baer (Harper Perennial, 2020)
The Arsonists’ City – Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021)
A History of My Brief Body – Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton, 2020)
A Treasury of Short Stories edited by Bernardine Kielty (Simon & Schuster, 1947)
On Reading Well – Karen Swallow Prior
Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
Books Read: 4/100
Books Reviewed: 2/4
Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge: 0
Current TBR: 206
My list here looks pretty sparse and, I feel, doesn’t quite represent the fact that I’ve actually read quite a lot this month. I’ve been setting weekly reading goals and (mostly) hitting them. A Treasury of Short Stories is 849 pages and in January alone I read 44 short stories. (I’ll share a complete list with star ratings in a separate book review post.) I also started reading, somewhat on a whim, Tom Jones. My library copy is 801 pages and I am on page 427. So I haven’t been slouching.
I’ve also been working through On Reading Well rather slowly, trying to absorb as much from it as I can. It’s what inspired my reading of Tom Jones and may have inspired me to take on a new reading challenge of my own. My current goal is to finish it by the end of this week.
Now that I’ve completed the Treasury, I’ll begin How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa. It’s a collection of short stories and will be my first selection for my Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge.
When I finish On Reading Well, I’ll begin A Book of Luminous Things which is an international anthology of poetry edited by Czeslaw Milosz. A book I’ve had on my shelf for years but have never read in its entirety. I’m excited to incorporate more poetry into my reading for 2021.
As for novels, I’m about to begin Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Katłıà. I also have Salt Houses by Hala Alyan out from the library and still need to read Jack by Marilynne Robinson, which I bought last fall.
For bedtime reading with the girls, we have just completed The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. An absolute classic. I’ve said more than once that the Water Rat is one of my favourite literary characters and I stand by it. We even enjoyed parts of this on audio on a long car ride. For some reason, it had never occurred to me that I could borrow audio books from the library on my phone to play in the car!
My Read-the-Bible-in-a-Year plan is also coming along nicely. I’ve read through Genesis, Mark, and Galatians and am currently reading Exodus and Ephesians. The readings are also interspersed with Psalms. At first I worried it would feel like a lot of extra reading but it really has not.
How was your January reading? Do you feel like you’re off to a good start? Do you set weekly reading goals? What was the best book you read this month?