Isn’t this a fabulous image? It’s a WPA poster created for the Chicago Library in 1941. I can’t say exactly why I’m inordinately fascinated with WPA art posters, but it’s certainly some combination of appreciation for the graphics of that time period and the WPA program itself providing opportunities for artists. In any case, art and books – two of my favorite things.
2022 was an exceptionally prolific year of reading for me. Yet, as I suspect all readers appreciate, there are SO MANY books out there, and a great many of them demand reading. It’s a never-ending task of which I will never complain..
In our household, where avid reading is second nature and books are always welcome, in the week before New Year’s arrives I always enjoy contemplating what projects it will delight me most to focus on. Then I plan, in broad strokes, what books I’m committing to giving priority to. This year, I’m excited to feel a strong pull towards exploring color in various ways and I have quite a few color-related books I can’t wait to dig into. I’ll make these a priority, but leave plenty of space to read “around” them. My tastes are nothing if not eclectic.
Once again, I’ve chosen to participate in a few reading challenges. There are literally hundreds to choose from and part of the delight for me is settling on a few. For 2023 I’ve chosen one with specific prompts and a few more with more loosely defined parameters. Here’s what I’ll be playing in:
- The 52 Book Club’s 2023 Challenge. This is the one with a list of 52 prompts, and I’ve had fun selecting potential books to fit them. Read more and see the prompt list here.
- 2023 Alphabet Soup Challenge. You know my penchant for abecedariums and my inability to resist almost any A-to-Z challenge, so is a natural for me. You can read more about the details here.
- Color Coded Reading Challenge. Given my aforementioned interest in color this year, I can hardly refuse to play in this one. You can read more about the details here.
- Bout of Books Read-a-thons. These aren’t challenges in the same sense as the above are, but instead are 3 week-long periods during the year in which one specifically dedicates time to reading. The year’s first one is currently underway, and I’m happily kicking off the new year reading season with a rather ambitious pile of books. Find out more here if you’re interested.
While it’s true that I allowed my blog to languish in 2022, I do hope to hang out in the blogging world a bit more consistently this spin around the sun. I’m definitely going to try to do some regular posting of some of my favorite books discovered amidst all my planned reading.
What about you? Was last year a good reading year for you? Had a favorite book (or two)? Planning on playing in any challenges in 2023? Love the idea of a sled full of books to take home and find a cozy spot to snuggle in and read? Have some good things on your to-be-read list? Do tell – you know I love to hear.