Every year, we plan our reading themes in advance. This is to make life easier for us (we are all extremely busy busy busy bees), allowing us to plan how we will go about our reading in the coming year.
We also made a slight change – instead of our usual bimonthly themes, we are doing it quarterly this year. This is because we are hosting the Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge this year, and we have quarterly link-up posts. Hence, we thought of making everything more seamless, so that all this furious reading wouldn’t confuse us.
Another change we are making this year is that while we will be generally guided by these reading themes, they will not necessarily define our reading lives. Hence, you may find us sharing a few titles that simply found their way into our hands over the coming months, which we’d like to share with you all. We like to think that we are able to balance our ‘structure’ with some semblance of ‘spontaneity.’
January – March: Contours Of Love, Silhouettes Of Infidelities, Shades Of Romance
We are celebrating lovelovelove during the first quarter of the year. It seems like good juju to welcome and embrace love at the beginning of the year. This is not just confined to romance, though, but all types of love: from love of one’s pet to love of one’s craft, to unrequited love, and quantum metaphysical entanglements.
April – June: Memoirs, Biographies, Self-Constructed Narratives
This doesn’t have to be all non-fiction; hence the self-constructed narratives bit. But definitely the novel will have to be written in the first person, clearly showing a particular point of view told by a character, narrating their own life story. This is bound to be exciting.
July – September: Crime and Thriller, Mysteries and Puzzles in Literature
We had a Whodunit Reading theme sometime in 2011. It’s been awhile since we’ve sunk our teeth into murder, mayhem, and mystery. We also added the puzzles part because we also review picture books – allowing us greater flexibility in the selection of materials.
October – December: Breathing Beauty, Tasting Art, Feeling Music
We have always been fascinated with beauty, art, music, dance – forms of creation that move the soul and transform one’s sensibilities. We’d love to immerse ourselves in those psychedelic colours of literature during the final quarter of the year.