As April turns into May I find myself thinking more about the approaching reading opportunities the summer will provide. In years past, I've set some ambitious goals only to disappoint myself by not fulfilling them, so this year I'm keeping it modest.
The first is my reading for my summer trip to England. This is really just a gussied-up way of getting through some of the English history books I've had on my shelf for ages, with a couple of Jane Austen novels thrown in for background for our stay in Bath. I have quite the stack I could read, but getting through even just a half-dozen titles would be progress that would enrich my trip.
Reading biographies of English monarchs is also a priority as my website moves forward. Here my pace might be slowed by the pace at which I can acquire the titles, but I'm hoping to at least make it though Cnut by the end of August.
Finally there's the summer reading challenge my local bookstore is offering. This shouldn't involve too many books, but I think I'll benefit from the diversity the challenge will introduce to my usual diet of books.
All of this, of course, is on top of the books I'm reading for interviews, the book I'm reviewing for publication, and the "Seven Days of Star Trek" which will be the official kick-off of my summer reading. It's a hefty list, but as the saying goes it's better to aim for the stars and hit the treetops than to aim for a puddle and make it. I hope you enjoy the reviews!