September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Granted that I have a backlog of reviews (roughly 20) to write, so reading time shouldn’t be too much of an issue until at least mid-October. But some works will be easier than others. Writing about Thoreau’s Walden, for example, should make for an easier essay-composing session than would reviewing something read in my second, third, fourth, or fifth languages. But if I write roughly 6 reviews a week, roughly an hour a day/night for those corresponding days, I should be able to meet this challenge. And for those curious about some of the books I want to write about, well, in a few hours, I’ll post my commentary/review of the Latin translation of The Hobbit, called HOBBITVS ILLE, and later I’ll write reviews of the translations (and well, thoughts in general on the English originals) of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin.
I also plan on finishing reviewing the seven remaining Premio Alfaguara winners I haven’t yet reviewed (another 2014 reviewing challenge was to finish reviewing all 25 of the previous/current winners of that Spanish-language award), at least four of the Prix Medicis longlisted-titles, most of the 2014 National Book Award shortlists, if not their entire longlists for poetry, Young People’s Literature, and Fiction, and maybe a few classics that I own in Easton Press or Franklin Library leatherbound editions. Also, if time permits, I’m going to look into resuming reading some of William Faulkner’s work, most likely the not-yet-reviewed novels collected in four Library of America editions. Add to this the books I haven’t yet reviewed from my 2014 releases post and the total should be close to the requisite 89.
But if/when I accomplish this, don’t expect a repeat in 2015. I have a feeling I won’t be reviewing quite as many books next year.