Reading goals for 2021
For a New Year's Day post, this is coming in pretty late, given that it's 10:30pm and I live in California. Most folks are on to a new day by now. But I thought I'd like to write out my goals for Howling Frog in the coming year. In 2020 I enjoyed focusing on history and Russian things, but of course reading anything that required brainpower got more difficult as the year slogged on and I lost energy in the last few months. In fact, if I look back at early 2020 I'm pretty amazed at what I was managing to read, compared to lately! This year my goals are not too different:
- Continue to work on Reading ALL Around the World and my Classics Club list. I love these two, and I wish I was making better progress.
- Read as much history as I can cram into my brain, with a focus on WWII. But other history is good too!
- Also and at the same time, read whatever I want.
I always believe in starting new projects on the first day of the year, so I started reading The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard P. Evans (which turns out to be a lot of background and buildup to 1933, so it covers an even earlier period than I'd assumed), and an old SF novel I've never heard of before that is turning out to be pretty interesting. I'm also reading one of the earliest proto-SF novels ever written, and it's older than you think!
I'm not assuming that everything is going to be great now that we've turned a calendar page, but it's nice to hope that things will improve. I will be happy if this year, things calm down generally and the pandemic slows. In my own personal life, I'd like to go back to my actual workplace and take a roadtrip (or three) -- I would like to visit my siblings and my friends!