There’s a meme going around under the heading of 21 books in 2021 — and I’m very tempted to adapt it for my own purposes as yet another prompt to guide my reading. I’ve already decided on a number of other prompts to take me month by month (or season by season) through the year, so you’d think I’d have enough by now to get on with. So did I until an anniversary hoved into view.
Today marks three years since the untimely death of Ursula Le Guin and I’ve realised that I have one of my periodic yearnings to revisit her worlds. I’ve therefore been trying to decide whether to reread one of her novels (as I did recently with Orsinian Tales and Rocannon’s World) or to tackle a title new to me (such as Malafrena, The Eye of the Heron or Four Ways to Forgiveness). Or indeed whether to go for both options.
And then I thought of how I might in fact use this meme: in amongst all my other prompts I’d not calculated how to create space on my bookshelves for any new tomes, so why not formulate my own twist for this twelvemonth, when lockdown has knocked down any physical bookshop browsing? I present to you … 21 TBR Books in 2021.
And so it has come to pass. This year I shall aim to read or reread twenty-one books already on my shelves, with the aim of passing a proportion of them on to new homes (saving those of course I’ll want to revisit a few more times in the future). I shan’t consciously be doing a tally of my progress but it’ll be interesting to do a tot up at an end-of-year review. UKLG will feature of course, and also the titles I’ve chosen for my classics prompts, but with lockdown in place for the foreseeable future I don’t think I’m going to find this a very hard prompt to complete.
Now, which Le Guin novel am I going to pick off the shelf? Shall I go back to Orsinia? Or one of those worlds light years away? And there are the multiple worlds in her Changing Planes collection that I never quite completed. Hmm…
What about you? Have you got your fill of memes, prompts, challenges, goals, or are you also tempted to reduce your book surplus before being tempted by shiny new titles in due course?