BUT I have decided to set myself a challenge for 2012 - one which I can't really envisage myself completing, but which will be fun to try. I want to read (and hopefully review) a book published in every year of the 20th century. I'm calling it A Century of Books.
Why, you ask? Partly out of the simple pleasure of a list, and to have (at the end of 2012) a very selective glance at the course of the 20th century. And partly to make me diversify my reading a little bit - currently the 70s, 80s and 90s are rather neglected in my reading life. But it's the sort of challenge that I'll be doing without really noticing that I'm doing it - hopefully most of the years will fill up as a happy coincidence to my everyday reading choices. (It has dawned on me as I write this that similar challenges might already exist... oh well, there is nothing new under the sun, and the more the merrier!)
So, this will probably basically involve reading what I like until the autumn, when I panic and start filling in gaps...
I'll set up an ongoing list, which I'll link to whenever I read a book for A Century of Books, so hopefully the enjoyment won't be all mine. Indeed, I'd be delighted if other people wanted to join in - are you interested?
Feel free to use my logo for A Century of Books, or make your own - I imagine lots of you are more graphic-savvy than I am. (My selection won't necessarily - or even probably - include the books in the above picture. I just picked books at random and put them in a vaguely chronological order...)
So... 1900-1999, here I come. Or, rather, I will in three months' time, when 2012 gets around to starting... let me know if you'll be on board!