Happy new year, bookish people (and everyone else, although I doubt the latter will end up in my blog)!
My first post of 2014 will be the goals and the books to choose from for the Bout of Books 9.0 readathon. Of course I will not attempt to read all of these or from all of these, but I will pick my readathon books among those:
* The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (on Kindle) - seriously, I need to get reading this one!
* Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol (Russian Literature Challenge, Classics Club) - I want to read a Russian classic in January and this is the only one I have at home at the moment.
* Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde (Eclectic Reader Challenge) - it's been a while since I read a Thursday Next book.
* Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson (TBR Pile Challenge) - it's a short book and I have a good feeling about it.
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling - I really want to continue with HP books as well.
* The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley (Eclectic Reader Challenge) - it just strikes me as a pretty good readathon read.
* The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black - a YA pick from my shelves.
* Bullerby lapsed, Astrid Lindgren - a re-read of my favourite children's book, which should be such a fast read.
I have listed some goals as well, although I shall follow them quite loosely because the main goals of the readathon are simply to read a lot and to have fun while doing it. But I will also attempt the following:
1. Read books from my Bout of Books pile only (above). - Self explanatory. I just need some borders when taking part in a reading event.
2. Finish 3 books. - I base this on 3 books I finished last readathon in spring. This should be pretty doable, depending on the books I pick.
3. Post daily. - I know some people prefer making one general post and updating it as they go, but I found that for me, the daily updates as separate posts is more motivating. Since I don't really post that often (=daily) in regular circumstances, I hope people won't overly mind my posts popping up in their readers.
4. Participate a few challenges that seem appealing. - I enjoy certain type of challenges, so I will be keeping an eye on them.
5. Prioritise reading over Internet! - This is one of the most important goals for me as I tend to get lost in the Internet space way too easily.