Ready for 2016

Happy New Year, Everyone!

After a little break, it’s time to get back into the blogging swing. I’m ready and will start with some of my goals for 2016. I’m starting the year with James’ Triple Dog Dare to not buy any books until March 31. I would actually like to carry this through to the end of the year and instead #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks (inspired by Estella’s Revenge). It will be hard; I know that you will all tempt me with wonderful book reviews. But hopefully, I can stick it out.


My Twelve Germans in 2016 project should help me with focusing on my own books, and hopefully, it will inspire me to read more German literature in general this year. I’m counting on Lizzie’s enthusiasm to help me. Thanks to the University of Rochester’s Three Percent weblog, I also have acquired a whole bunch of translated fiction last year that is waiting to be read. And of course there’s my stalled project to read all the books that have been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize.

I will continue to work on my Classics Club list, and Karen’s Back to the Classics challenge should help with that. To shake things up just a little bit around here, I also decided to participate in the 2016 Discussion challenge and the Back to the Movies event hosted by CJ at ebookclassics. I don’t watch all that many movies, but I am looking forward to some good adaptions (preferably in black and white) of some of the classics I am planning to read this year. Also, let’s not forget about the year-long Reading New England and Woolfalong events hosted by Lori and Heavenali, respectively.

All of this should keep me plenty busy, right?

Check back tomorrow for an introduction to Saša Stanišic and his How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, which is my January pick from the Twelve Germans in 2016 list.




  1. I’ve only just heard about the three peer sent weblog and am looking forward to checking it out for some great translated titles, though also planning to keep reading more titles from authors I like this year, like Maryse Condé and Jamaica Kincaid.

    Look forward to following your challenges, good luck with not adding to the TBR before April!

  2. Ps. I worry we won’t overlap on books as much as we did last year — where we always seemed to pick up the same book. hmm. that was fun.

  3. Wow TJ — I’m exhausted thinking about your challenges but I know you will do well with your (admirable) goals. Happy 2016!

  4. Happy New Year, TJ! I hope this will be a great reading year.
    God luck with your plans. Not buying books till March doesn’t sound that awful, considering we’re already in January but to carry that through the whole year would definitely put me in a bad mood.

  5. Happy new year! Your “no buying books until March” goal is so admirable – I have zero self-control so I won’t even try… Good luck with all your reading challenges! I look forward to following along. 🙂

  6. Happy New Year! You have a ton of exciting challenges here, so I hope your year will be delightfully bookish! I’m looking forward to your posts on German literature, as I’d love get more tips of where to start with the contemporary German fiction. I’m also trying to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, so may the Force be with us in this one.

  7. Happy New Year, TJ. I hope you had a good break over the holidays. Wishing you all the best for the year ahead – it sounds as though you’ve got plenty to look forward to!

  8. That’s quite a few challenges you’re taking on! More power to you, and good luck! I think no book buying until the end of March is a great place to start!

    • It’s funny that I really didn’t think I was taking on too many challenges this year. Maybe that’s because I simply called them all “events,” rather than challenges. 🙂 But I always have an easier time if I don’t have to pick my books in advance. That’s usually an automatic fail.

  9. It looks like you have a great year ahead of you!
    I’m looking forward to hearing about all the German literature – something I know very little about. And, I still hope to join you when you read Measuring the World!

  10. So happy to have you along for the Book to Movie challenge and curious to know what black and white movies you have in mind. Some classics perhaps? Good luck with all of your reading goals!

    • I have a weakness for Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, and you can’t go wrong with Katherine Hepburn. So yes, my movie watching will probably be mostly older films. Maybe some Hitchcock or Agatha Christie. We’ll see what mood I’m in when I find some time to watch TV without interruptions.

  11. Sounds like you’ll be plenty busy. I’m on a book-buying moratorium, too — trying to make it through June without a new one. Godspeed to us both. 🙂

  12. Happy New Year! Lots of interesting sounding challenges there. I’m planning to do a bit of movie watching as I read too this year, though not as a challenge. Perhaps our book-to-movie paths will cross at some point…

    • How funny, I feel like I really restrained myself from too many challenges this year. But it always helps me when I don’t have to pick the books in advance. Well, we’ll see how far I get with all of this….

      • I cross-reference only if I remember to be organized. 🙂 But I get so easily distracted that it’s generally easier for me to read a book and then see if it fits into a challenge, rather than deciding months in advance. But in the end, it is all for good fun, so I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself with these challenges.

  13. Happy New Year! I’m also taking part in the TBR Triple Dare and banning myself from buying books during that time (I don’t think I could last the whole year!). I look forward to reading your reviews on the #Woolfalong, I will also be taking part.

    • Somehow I missed your post with your 2016 goals. I’m glad to see that you’re going to read women’s classics, too. I’m also planning to read To the Lighthouse in Jan/Feb, so I’m looking forward to hearing how you like it.

      • You may have missed it because I changed my domain name for my blog and stupidly didn’t redirect followers (you may have to unfollow then refollow my blog)! I can’t wait to read what you thought of To the Lighthouse!

  14. Happy New Year! I hope you can stick with your challenge not to buy books, if I can do it anyone can! Sounds like you have some good challenges lined up to keep you on track. Look forward to reading how you get on!

  15. Happy New Year! The Reading New England challenge looks like fun. I live in PA, but I spent a number of years in CT and MA. Good luck with all the challenges!

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