When I posted about the focus I was making on My Future Self, I didn’t really have much of anything concrete to say about how I’d focus my mind as it came to my reading life. I’ve since given it a good deal of thought. What would make me happy and fulfilled as a reader both in 2013 and to come. While I read quite a bit more than ever last year, I can’t say that I was entirely satisfied. Both the pacing and the volume of review copies simply isn’t sustainable for me going forward. It isn’t that I didn’t enjoy a great many of those books. I did. Something or several somethings were missing. One such thing was not gaining any traction on two of the series I’ve enjoyed in the past and one I’ve wanted to start.
Maisie Dobbs Series: I’ve read the first two books in Jacqueline Winspear’s series about a plucky young woman who users her powers of observation and knowledge of psychology to investigate and solve mysteries in post WWI England. I love Maisie Dobbs. The 10th novel in this series will be published in March of this year. I have no illusions about catching up before Leaving Everything Most Loved, but my intention is to be caught up by the end of the year. In fact, I just started Pardonable Lies yesterday.
The Good Thief’s Guide Series: I love Chris Ewan and I’m so glad that Simon Vance has been chosen to narrate his audiobooks because I fear his work would have passed under my radar had he not been. Again, I’ve read the first two books in the series and adore Charlie Howard for his wry humor and endearing malfeasance. The Good Thief’s Guide to Berlin will be published this year, but I hope to hit Vegas and Venice first.
Bess Crawford Series: This series, written by the mother and son team of Charles Todd, is the one I’ve yet to start. I met the authors at the Harper party during BEA and they were charming. I was lucky to purchase inexpensive eBook versions of the first two books in the series and I’m aching to get started. Bess Crawford is a nurse serving in France during WWI. I am hoping that this series will make an interesting counterpart to Maisie Dobbs. There are four books in this series and I hope to read them all before the next book is published.
I am still stewing on a few other focus areas when it comes to my reading life, but as one of my main reading objectives this year I’m embarking on a mission to read The Complete Set.
Have you set out to focus on anything new or different in your reading this year or are you happy with the mix of books you’re reading? I’d love to hear what is keeping you reading this year.