Well here we are again shutting the door on the old and opening up to the new today the first day of 2012. Announcements of how bad the economy will be, rising taxes, price hikes, it’s all gloom and doom. I’m sure this year will surely offer plenty of occasions for growth, discovery, friendship, prosperity and much more. There will certainly be many opportunities to read some interesting books and to share them with others. There are sooo many, but sooo little time. That’s why I’m going to challenge myself and anybody who reads this post to read 50 books in 2012. No specific genre just read, read, read whatever you want for sheer pleasure; and of course as much as you can.
For those who are trying to save a little money there is always the local library or local garden sales or set up a book exchange with friends. Don’t sacrifice the pleasure of a good book because of the cost. There’s even bookcrossing.com. Who knows maybe you could find some interesting free titles lurking in a place near you. I know it won’t be easy for me with my very hectic schedule teaching to uphold this challenge but I’m going to give it my best shot. Write in and suggest some titles if you have any goodies in mind. I’m also going to go through my many shelves and try to read some of those To Be Read books. I’ve got loads of them. Present reading in progress is The Science of Black Hair and Annie John. I’ll be back soon with reviews on these two. I also have a few more lined up – Memoirs of a Porcupine and Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou, and Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid…..These were suggested to me by a friend who is an avid reader of black literature. I’ve heard of Jamaica Kincaid, but never read any of her books before. I’m kind of excited to discover a little about West Indian literature. Well that’s all just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and lots of happy reading in 2012. Hope you enjoy my future posts and enjoy the big challenge of 2012, I know I will!