Well, I might just make it to my Century of Books (2014 version) goal. That is: 100 books read and reviewed from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, one for each year between 1900 and 1999. I have 8 years left to read, and 3 weeks to read them in – still quite do-able.
But the reviews…well…I think those might not be exactly in-depth – I have a fearfully large number to write about!
These past few weeks have been rather trying, in a number of small, niggling ways. Everyone’s been sick with various viruses, we’ve had some unplanned trips to the dentist, vehicles have been acting up, and we’re in the midst of some ambitious house renovations – tomorrow the dining room floor is coming apart, from the floor joists up, to be completely replaced and then followed by a ceiling to floor redo of the room.
What else? Oh yes, my faithful old computer printer died, right in the middle of a large clerical project for the upcoming regional performing arts festival, which I’m deeply involved in. To make things even more interesting, it has been very cold, well into the minus 20s Celsius. It’s warmed up a bit the last day or two, but now the prediction is for freezing rain. Oh, hurray.
And then there’s that whole Christmas thing. The first without my mother, who passed away in June of this year, and also mostly without my oldest child, who is now living away from home. I miss him quite a lot, though I’m glad he’s happily getting on with his life. We’ve just been discussing Christmas arrangements, and where everyone will be, and how to coordinate new schedules and commitments – it feels very strange.
Well, this too shall pass. It’s really just little stuff, and one feels very “first world problemish” even mentioning it, but there it is.
On the plus side, I’m back in my little office after its recent desperately-needed facelift, though the re-installed bookshelves are still empty and things are just kind of plunked down here and there in a very muddled fashion.
How are you other Century-of-Bookers making out? Please share!
It’s been a grand project, and I’ve greatly enjoyed it, even while getting pulled away into some bookish side paths.
Happy December, everyone, and I’ll try to get some more book-related posts up very soon.