Oh dear. I have been looking at all my lovely piles of books and deciding what I want to read next, and there are lots of wonderful things to read. I've been pottering my way through M. R. James because it's October--and the stories are very well worth re-reading, I'm noticing a lot of good stuff I didn't necessarily get before--and I just started Gustav Meyrink's seriously bizarre novel The Golem, and I'm dedicating October to reading Boleslaw Prus' novel, The Doll, which is supposed to be one of the great Polish novels and indeed so far it is good.
I've got rather a lot of history to get through if I want to finish all my challenges properly--I have several books to go for the TBR challenges and the majority of them are weighty or dense. And I've got a bunch of great books checked out of the library, like Code Name Verity and Napoleon's Buttons. Plus I just got Susan Wise Bauer's new history book, The History of the Renaissance World, which I've been looking forward to enormously. You have to love a book about the Renaissance that has a 'Dance of Death' painting on the cover.
So of course a really tempting readalong has shown up to throw all my plans out of whack! Tomorrow, Elyssa at Unscripted is kicking off a two-month readalong of The Count of Monte Cristo. I was kind of thinking I would dedicate 2014 to giant French novels--I'm hoping to find a readalong of Les Miserables and I was going to do Monte Cristo too. But what a fun chance! What do I do?? It only comes out to 2.5 chapters a day--I can squeeze that in, right? (Realistically, no, I can't. As it is I'm having a hard time finding time to read.)
Update: well, I read the first 3 chapters of the story, and as the comments said, it's both easy and exciting. I'll give it a go. So this is now my sign-up post.