It's a little early, but I have some time so I thought I'd post this now. At the beginning of the year I set myself a challenge to read one longer book (600+ pages) per month. I didn't succeed in that challenge, but I did manage to read more longer books and/or series' of books and I learned that I could and I learned that I enjoyed them (when they were the right books, of course) and I learned that there are some great long books out there, just waiting to be delved into. Of the ones that I did
It's the end of June and already I'm thinking about my reading challenge for next year. I think that because this year's reading challenge has been such a rewarding experience, and now I simply have too many long books to get through in 12 months, that it's got me to thinking about how I carry this forward into 2013. Not that I'm all about advanced planning or anything.
Reflecting back on this year, it's been a great experience. I've been ploughing through those longer novels and
I don't know if anyone has noticed this or not, but right now it's a great time for taking a look at the planets. Well, in UK it is anyway
So, at the moment, just after sunset the planets Venus, Jupiter and Mars are all visible. Venus in particular is astonishingly bright and fairly high in the night sky. Being as I'm rather keen on all things you have to crane your neck to see (including tall buildings, giraffes and, of course, clouds) a number of years ago we purchased a telescope
I'm not sure if I've said this before or not, but I'm going to ask anyway: what is it about the number 3? Is it really a 'magic' number? I wonder.
Recently I read this really ace book called The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. If you haven't read it, I can recommend it. Not much happens, but the professor (who has only an 80 minute memory) is, or was, a professor of mathematics and much of the book involves the magic of number theory which, as a non-mathematician, I found
So it is time to post about this year's reading. The book I'm currently reading, Beth Gutcheon's Still Missing is likely to take me up to year end so I might as well post this now. I've been pretty lucky this year to have read a lot of really good books, and I've already shared my thoughts on the great female writers I've discovered in the last 12 months. Next year I'm moving on to mammoth novels, so will be reading a lot less in terms of numbers but more in terms of depth (hopefully anyway). I'm