National Reading Month? #NaNoReMo

Open Book by Sarah Browning

This idea was born of a Twitter conversation while NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was winding down. A few of us thought that a month of reading would be a very good thing. There’s nothing like competition / sharing results to keep you motivated!

John Wiswell posted the ingural post on his blog a few days ago (and I missed it due to my internet hiatus) but here it is! Maybe it’ll catch on 😉 At the very least, I’ve got a stack of books to get through.

A caveat though: I’m not reading classics as #NaNoReMo suggests (the definition of ‘classic’ is debatable), but using this opportunity to get through the books that I already own, but haven’t read.

I’ll post progress updates on Fridays if you would like to join in.

So far I’m 1.3 books into January:

  • Idoru by William Gibson – Done! I read the sprawl trilogy over many years, the last book first, the first book second, and the middle book last. The pieces finally fit together.
  • Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle – I’m 3 stories into this short story collection.
  • Open Your Eyes by Paul Jessup – 15 pages in.

What are you reading right now?


  1. Yay reading! Right now I’ve started Cinder by Marissa Meyer (a YA scifi retelling of Cinderella, which might be up your alley, actually), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I prefer to read one at a time, though, so we’ll see which one fights to be first. 😛

    Btw, YA author Natalie Whipple always does a NaNoReMo (by herself, as far as I know) during NaNoWriMo. I always thought it was a good idea. 🙂

    1. I think that’s a great idea! I don’t think I could do #NaNoWriMo but reading I could manage 🙂 I want to read The Night Circus, actually. That sounds right up my alley too 😉

  2. I have challenged myself to complete 52 works in the coming year, which will be everything from anthologies, collections, comic books [either a volume or a mini-series], novels, manga and most importantly non-fiction [other than university related work]. Announcement is due, pretty much soon, cause everything is all the more fun with announcements. 😀

    At the moment, I’m trying to get on board of “Empire State” by Adam Christopher, but I’m reading two manga series: Psyren & Shigurui. I guess I am keeping busy.

  3. I don’t have any classics queued up. I’m currently working on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Children of Amarid by David B. Coe. I’ve temporarily (again) set aside A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin to take these two on.

    I am absolutely gobsmacked by the people who are anticipating doing on the order of 50-ish books in the coming year. I don’t know how that can be possibly be done. At my fastest (when I was in High School and Undergrad) I could do a descently meaty book in about 3 weeks. I’m nowhere near that speed now (mostly because I lack the necessary free time).

    1. LOL I don’t know how they can do it either! That’s about the same pace it usually takes me (I’m a fan of meaty books). This month, I have a few shorter ones on the plate. I’ll see how many I actually get through.

      How are you finding the Hunger Games? That’s another one I’m curious to pick up.

      1. Honestly, it was slow-to-start. That wouldn’t bother me normally, except all the hype made it sound like it was a page-turner from page-one, and for me it wasn’t. But it’s picking up steam.

        It took me a while to get into the First-Person-Present-Tense. I keep reading the present-participles as if they’re past-participles or mentally tripping over a present construction. But over time it’s slowly becoming more transparent.

        Of course, the thing that really interests me is what happened to the US and Canada in this story. (It’s funny, as I was describing where I was in the book with a reference to the Rockies, Dear Wife said to me “I didn’t picture this as happening in our world”, and I was like “But it says on the cover ‘In a place that used to be North America’ and it said in the book the Capital was in the Rockies… and… and…” But then, I’m much more of a spec-fic afficianado than she, and I’m used to my Post-Apocalypse stories.) I’m about a fifth through the book, and the details on what came before the rise of the dystopia have been very sparse, but Colllins has three books to fill in the backstory, so I’ll give it some time. But I’m really hopeful for a payoff of an explanation on what happened. (Given that Dear Wife didn’t realize the story took place in our world’s future, though… I’m fearful that payoff may not come.)

        I’m particularly curious about how a bunch of French Canadians (no offense, of course) came to rule North America. I deduced (or rather joked to myself) that the brutal autoritarian regime consists of French Canadians by the way Collins describes the “affected” accent of the Capital people, with a rising intonation on their statements, “as if asking a question”, which is not a typical North American accent, but did remind me somewhat of the intonation in French. I’m just the kind of nerd to pick up on that kind of thing.

      2. Oh good, I was wondering if it was just me being easily distracted or what… Looks like I’m not the only one wondering when things will pick up!

        And I’m not used to first person, either. I mean I’ve read it before in other novels, but every time I do it just feels…strange. Like I have to grow into the narrators voice, their dominance–which usually takes a good 50-100 pages. (Got the units right this time, heh.) It’s like being thrown into a room with a complete strange for the first time and being told, “Okay, now talk to each other for three hours straight!” AWKWARD.

  4. Like Stephen, I’ve been reading The Hunger Games ’cause the movie’ll be coming out soon-ish. Though, I’ve been reading it on and off (it’s on my Kindle for PC); I really should have just bought the book instead, heh. Also, I just got Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal yesterday and am already a third of the way through it! It’s relatively short, though, around 300 words. Still, I usually don’t read that fast…

    I haven’t heard of any of the books you’re reading before, though. I’ll have to look them up!

      1. Yeah, I guessed that, but then I was like, “Wait… if it’s missing a ‘K’…. 300K is ‘relatively short’?” I thought 300K was kind of the middle-ish area of “fantasy doorstopper” or “chihuahua killer” territory. I like that kind of thing, of course, but I didn’t think it was short.

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