I find myself astonished that it’s already the first of April. I’m even more astonished that the Bleeding Heart is in bloom; it’s a month early. Everything seems to be in a hurry this year save for the Crabapple, which is taking its own time and seems content to burst open on the same schedule as last year.
As for me, I find myself terribly out of schedule. My Magical March was distinctly lacking on magic—I didn’t manage to finish a single book for Adam’s challenge! I did start The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien), but it is slower, much slower, going than I had anticipated. Of course, I haven’t been too good about reading regularly, either. Looking over my “books finished” list, I was surprised to realize that I actually finished several books in March, but they were either started in February or very short.
So this is my goal for April: READ. A lot. Or at least, a lot more. I don’t have any specific goals regarding books to finish or quantity thereof, just reading will do. I have so many lovely books to pick up, too; I really have no excuses.
- Despite its slowness, there’s something very lovely about The Silmarillion. I think I will try to chip at it a little each day.
- I also recently picked up Why Read the Classics?, a collection of literary criticism by Italo Calvino. I’d only intended to read the title essay, but as I was flipping through, I started reading some of the other essays, and find them both interesting and easier reading than I had expected, so I may read more of that than planned.
- Tolkien’s “On Fairy Stories” is sitting beneath The Silmarillion. I see no reason the two can’t be read concurrently.
- And the plan, of course, is to follow The Silmarillion with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, much anticipated rereads.
- But before I do that, I will likely be reading along with Caro (Reading Against the Clock) for her The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco) readathon April 7-8. Not that I think I can finish it in a mere two days…
I’ve planned before to try to read more, each day a bit. I hope I manage it this time, I have so many more books to follow those above!