Last week, I read this post on Iris' lovely blog about how she is intending to read books from 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, partly because she has a son who she wants to share wonderful books with. And it really inspired me - I have my childhood favourites, but I want to be able to share as many great books as possible with Giles, to recommend to him a wide range of things, so he can find that part of the bookish world that he is going to love.
Then I was thinking about how I can make sure that I actually read the books I intend to. I'm terrible at TBR lists and challenges, with the one exception being the classics club, which I have stuck to for over two years, and am on track to finish. So I've decided to apply the principles of the classics club to 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up and 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
Here's what I am going to do:
- Over the next few days, I'll post a list of books from each title that I want to read.
- Books that I own will automatically make the list, but aside from that I'll be looking for diverse reads, books in translations, and books from authors I haven't read yet.
- I'll make my lists tabs on my blog, then update with reviews when I finish each title.
- I'm not going to set myself a deadline, but I'm aiming to read one book a month, which can come from either list.
As I'm not intending to buy books at the moment, I'll probably start by reading the ones I already own, then I will be fully utilising the library hold system. Books that I read and love will be purchased and added to my collection.
I'm really excited to start these projects, and to spend some time looking through the books and choosing my titles. Anyone who wants to join in is more than welcome, mutual encouragement might help me get through the books!