In short it’s a no pressure encouragement to read books you have been eagerly anticipating or those that have been in the “I’ve been meaning to read that” category for too long.
I’m not really willing to commit to any specific books, nor am I going to say I won’t read any books that do not meet these criteria at some point this month.
That’s what I like about the “No Pressure” part.
One book that definitely qualifies and that I’ve already started is Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd.
I read this many many years ago and it’s been my answer to the “What book would you wish to have with you on a deserted island” ever since. I’ve been intending to re-read it for a long time. I have the mass market edition I originally read and the newer larger trade paperback edition on my shelves but part of the reason I haven’t re-read it yet is that it’s so darn BIG. I take a backpack with my lunch, purse, reading material and other necessities of a train commuters life back and forth with me on the days I work downtown and great big gigantimous books are difficult to fit in. It’s particularly difficult when I’ve also got my work laptop and work papers in there. Because of this I added a third format of this book to my library when the ebook edition was released. That gives me the best of both worlds. I can read the ebook on the train or at work and I can pull out the trade paper edition (all 900ish pages of it) when I’m at home (because ebooks just don’t do justice to family tree and map pages).
This is my primary Long-Awaited read for this month and there’s a good chance I won’t even finish it before the end of the month. I don’t care. I’m just glad to finally be re-reading it.
I have a few other possibilities hanging around and hope to add a few of those into my reading menu during January.
I’ve also started A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. This one is definitely in the “I’ve been meaning to read that for years” category.
Many people I trust have recommended this book over the years and it’s been languishing on the ‘someday’ list far too long. Someday is today.
If you’d like to participate in Long-Awaited Reads Month, hop on over to see Nymeth at Things Mean a Lot or visit Iris on Books for further details and what reading community activities they have in mind. It should be a fun month of talking about books.