It's hard to believe we're approaching the last quarter of 2009. Soon those of us in the northern hemisphere will be curled up in front of the fire (or solar heater) with our favorite wintry reads, and those in the southern will be off to the beaches with their summer books.I never used to be one to plan my reading, and I still don't like to do it very much, which is one reason I don't usually participate in reading challenges (except for the one I'll mention later in this post). However, accepting review books usually means accepting responsibility to post their reviews in a timely manner, and that has caused me to plan my reading more than I used to.
Do you have a plan of what you're going to read the rest of the year? Have you had a master plan all along? If so, have you stuck to it? What helps you to decide what you're going to read next? Challenges? Book groups? Or do you have the luxury of closing your eyes and picking any book off your shelf?
My first priority is catching up on the reviews for books I've received from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers Program, since posting those on LT affects my getting more books from them! I got one of them up there this week, and then I have just two more to get done:
The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne (already on LT, scheduled to post here 9/28)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (currently reading)
Loved Me Once by Gail Hewitt
I have one book to read and review for an October TLC Book Tour spot:
Goldengrove: A Novel, by Francine Prose
There are two ARCs in the TBR stack that are scheduled for autumn publication, so my goal is to post their reviews close to the time they'll become available. Both are memoirs:
The Possibility of Everything, by Hope Edelman (just published this month)
Lift, by Rebecca K. O'Connor (November publication)
I still have to read five of "my own" books - meaning books that weren't sent to me for review, since library books aren't a factor in my case - to achieve my goal of 20 for the 2009 RYOB Challenge. I usually don't plan for this one, other than trying to make sure I get a couple in after a streak of review-book reads, but there is one book already on the calendar for October:
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
I've asked my sister to read this novel about an early-onset Alzheimer's patient along with me, and I hope to entice her into posting a guest review or discussing it with me here on the blog. If you've been reading here for awhile, you may remember that my mother died of Alzheimer's at the age of 69. This year is the tenth anniversary of her passing, and as has become our tradition, we will remember her by participating in our local Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. My mom died on October 8, and the Walk will take place on October 17; reading this novel during that month is a way of tying my reading to my cause. (And if you'd like to support our family team in our efforts to raise funds to help defeat this disease, I have a donation page - there's a link to it, and our team's progress, in the right sidebar of the blog now.)
Aside from these commitments, I have other review books to get to and plenty of my own books on the shelves - I just hope to read whenever I can, and whatever I find appealing.
Today's official BBAW Blogging Theme is "setting goals." Although it was intended for blogging goals, I think this discussion of reading goals isn't completely out of keeping with the spirit of the day.