January 2021 Wrap-Up

January was a good reading month. I am by nature not an organized person moving through the days by “how do you feel?” especially now that I am retired. However, I have come to the conclusion that if I am going to complete the reading challenges and readalongs I have signed up for, I have to be a little more organized in my reading, that is, actually plan it. I have a few book projects not related to Relevant Obscurity I also need to incorporate and I used January to test out some methods. That I am happy with the amount of books I read, I think I am on to something.

2020, the first full year of retirement was basically my ‘Sloth Year’ and while some of it was very fun, I realized there is still so much more I want to do and while Covid rages reading as much as I can is a good option. Lest I seem too sedentary, I started bike riding last March and riding to the beach and up and down the river have become early morning joys. Once the days get longer I look forward to evening bike rides. I wind up the nights with Netflix and YouTube as an armchair traveler, chomping at the bit until I can be there in person.

What I Posted
My New Year Post Dear 2021, Send Books
Thoughts on Jude the Obscure
“DNFs to Try Again”

Books/Short Stories I Read
The Golden Bowl, Henry James
Classics Club, Mount TBR

Chris Wolak, Willa Cather’s Short Story Project
“Lou, The Prophet”

Desperate Remedies, Thomas Hardy
2021 Thomas Hardy Readalong/Mount TBR

I Also Read

The Way of the Pilgrim, trans. Helen Bacovcin
At the Corner of East and Now: A Modern Life in Ancient Christian Orthodoxy, Frederica Mathewes-Green
Quaker Roots and Branches, John Lampen

February Plans

A Pair of Blue Eyes, Thomas Hardy
The Loved and Envied, Enid Bagnold
Pilgrim Continues His Way, trans. Helen Bacovcin
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, Elif Shafak
A Backward Glance, Edith Wharton

Wishing you all a Healthy, Safe February.

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. – E.B. White