2021 – dare I make tentative bookish plans????


That’s a good question on a number of levels really, as 2020 was something of a hideous year and frankly 2021 isn’t looking any better at the moment…  Add in the fact that as a rule, I’m rubbish with challenges or events and you get the picture… However, I *am* going to commit to a couple of things in the first half of the year and we’ll see how it goes!

First up is Japanese Literature Challenge 14 from Dolce Bellezza:

I pretty much always try to take part in this but don’t always succeed. I love Japanese Lit, though, and have any number of books I could read, so I will try..

Coming  up in April, I will be co-hosting the 1936 Club with Simon from Stuck in a Book; our clubs are always such fun and this looks to be another great year – do join in if you can! 😀

I don’t know if there is a formal challenge for this, but I want to spend as much time as possible in 2021 reading from the stacks; Mount TBR is in a ridiculous state, desperately needing pruning and I would like to make some serious inroads. So I shall try to limit the incomings and read what I have (which is enough to keep me going for a lifetime). Will I be able to resist the lure of the new and shiny? We shall see.

There are, of course, all manner of reading events in the second half of the year; Women in Translation month, for example, which takes place in August, as does All Virago/All August – I sometimes try to combine the two. And November is stuffed to the gills with challenges, from Non-fiction November, to Novellas, to German Lit Month and many more. I usually try to do those too, but that’s not for a while so I shan’t worry about them now!

Apart from that, I plan to keep it fluid and read what takes my fancy. However, there *is* one rather special reading event in which I shall be taking part… But you’ll have to wait for more news on that! ;D


Coming up in six months time – the #1936Club! :D


Thanks so much for all of your suggestions for dates for the next Club Reading Week – there were some fascinating ideas, and the date range Simon and I prefer of 1920-1980 really does reveal some riches of writing.  Anyway, we had a good chat and although there were interesting suggestions of the 1970s, both Simon and I were drawn to Marina’s proposal of 1936 – so that’s what the next club will be!

Simon has designed this lovely badge for the club – isn’t that image fab? And as you can see, the club will take place between 12th-18th April 2021 (assuming, as Simon pointed out, that some kind of civilisation is still in place….) – which gives lots of time for you to be prepared!

So get reading and planning! 1936 was a great year for books and we can’t wait to hear what you all choose to read and write about! 😀

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