I usually avoid planning my reading schedule in any way shape or form. I like to let my mood and circumstances decide which book I will read next.
Occasionally I will be influenced to read a certain book at a certain time thanks to a timely readalong or Classics Club Spin, but the rest is left to whimsy and chance.
Unfortunately, it means that a lot of classic books in particular, get left behind in the titanic wake of my current bookish work life.
Working in an Indy bookshop means keeping up with the new releases. Not necessarily a bad problem to have I grant you, but it can be hard to justify the time spent reading a classic book, as I unpack yet another box of new releases that everyone is talking about already!
Adam @Roofbeam Reader has also been grappling with his unwieldy list of classic favourites that he wants to reread….one day.
His solution is to read 12 books in 2017 – 6 of which will be re-reads and 6 of which will be ‘new’.
I plan to join him for a reread of The House of Mirth, Northanger Abbey and Wuthering Heights.
New-to-me reads will be Tender is the Night and Death Comes for the Archbishop.
However, there are also four books that I have been wanting to reread now for over ten years.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien.
Since working in the bookshop I have collected four beautifully illustrated (by Alan Lee) hardback editions of these books. I really want to dive into them to revisit the story and pore over the pictures.
However I’ve been waiting for enough time to lapse between movie LOTR and a reread so that some of Jackson’s strong imagery could dissipate. When I read and reread the books in my teens and twenties, I fell in love with the Ents. The movie version of the Ents disappointed me sooooo much, and it has been hard to get that out of my minds eye. But I think I’m ready to let that go now and see Middle Earth and all it’s characters anew.
Thanks to my work, I have to be realistic about the time frame in which I can read these books.
I really do have to read the new releases to keep up with customer recommendations. This is not a chore, of course, I’m not complaining, really, but it does get in the way of my classics reading and the love I get from rereading my favourites.
Many of you kindly responded to my original post flouting this idea back in September, so I hope you have allowed some time in your 2017 reading schedules for a #HLOTRreadalong2017.
Would anyone else be interested in reading (or rereading as the case may be) The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King with me next year in a very easy and generous time frame?