I keep a list throughout the year of each book I've read and it is always fun to look back and see what I've covered in a year. I would love to be completely methodical and choose 12 novels, 12 non-fictions, 12 of this or that. While I do make a list of books that I would like to read in the coming year, part of the joy of reading for me is to go where my fancy leads me and order books at whim from the library.
Here are some ideas for enjoying books this winter:
Read books about winter. Jane Brocket suggests 10 books to read by the fire in winter:
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
The Rat-a-Tat Mystery by Enid Blyton
Little Women by L. M. Alcott
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
The Long Winter by L. I. Wilder
The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden
Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton
A Little Princess by F. H. Burnett
The Mystery of the Secret Room by Enid Blyton
Order a new magazine to enjoy throughout the year
Join a book club or start one!
Read aloud to a friend, spouse, child, group, elderly person
Write your own book or memoir!
Spend hours at the library
Sit in a chair with a stack of books next to you and look through them all
Check out library cookbooks with winter foods
Go to a bookstore and make a list of books you would love to read
Exchange book reading lists with a friend
Go to the library every week in winter
Cook foods mentioned in your favorite stories
Listen to books on tape and do something with your hands (knitting, painting, etc.)
Set aside a bookshelf just for the books you want to read in the coming weeks
Pick a reading chair and make a habit of sitting there to read, adding a candle, a flower, a cup of tea
Start an Amazon wishlist
Mail a favorite book to a friend who would enjoy it
Tomorrow I hope to post the books I've read in 2011......