I haven’t felt the need to do a “Month in Review” post before, but since I’m participating in more reading challenges and events this year, it seems like a good time to start.
During January, I participated in my first and only blog meme, Short Stories on Wednesdays, which is hosted by Breadcrumb Reads. I won’t be participating every week, as I’m trying to balance work, grad school, blogging, and trying to have a life, but I’m enjoying joining in when I can. This month I read Gogol’s The Overcoat and Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu.
During January, I participated in Vintage Sci-Fi Month, hosted by The Little Red Reviewer. I hadn’t read much older sci-fi before, and this event served as a great introduction! I read five books for the event:
- “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells – 1895
- “Nightwings” by Robert Silverberg – 1968
- “The Foundation” by Isaac Asimov– 1951
- “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells – 1898
- “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” by Edwin A. Abbott – 1884
Vintage Sci-Fi Month meshed well with The Science Fiction Experience, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings, which runs until the end of February.
As far as year-long challenges go, I’m making some progress. I’ve read 8/24 books toward the Speculative Fiction challenge, hosted by Baffled Books. Since I’ve been reading so much already, I’d like to shoot for the “Obsessed” level, which requires 48 books. For more info on what I’ve read for ongoing challenges, see Reading Challenges 2012.
Over the past few months, I’ve also been participating in a variety of readalongs with a great group of bloggers. We’re currently tackling Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy–see The Foundation Groupread, Part I, The Foundation Groupread, Part II, and Foundation and Empire Groupread, Part I. We’ll be finishing “Foundation and Empire” and then reading “Second Foundation” this month.
As far as other February reading and reviewing plans go, I’m currently reading Anne McCaffrey’s “The Rowan” and am hooked. When I’m done with that, I’ve been told by no less than five people that I need to read “The Hunger Games” NOW. I’m planning on reading it before the movie is released. I have a couple of review copies of books to read, and I’d like to finally begin a monthly or bi-monthly Poetry Spotlight. I’ll also be reviewing a ballet that I saw a few weeks ago.