Today is March 31st, the last day of the TBR Double Dare. For those of you who don't know, the double dare involves only reading books that you already own (i.e., in your To Be Read pile) as of the stroke of midnight on December 31st for a full three months. Last year I gave in a week early because I really wanted to read My Life in France by Julia Child and couldn't wait another week to do so. This year I have comfortably managed to make it all the way to end. I doubt there will be any slip ups between now and midnight.
I was helped with the TBR Double Dare this year, with my
Thankfully the Muriel Spark was a 20th century writer because I want to participate in Muriel Spark Reading Week. I have read many of her novels and they are all fascinating in their own way and have a tendency toward quirky subversiveness. I think I am going to read The Bachelors which in my TBR and will count toward A Century of Books. I might also re-read something of hers so I have a bit to reflect on when the reading week comes up.
I think I may knock out a year or two of the 1980s with Anita Brookner. I have already read all of her 23 (or is it 24 novels) and have started over in chronological order. Even though I am not promoting International Anita Brookner Day like I did last year, I think I re-read novels 3 (Look at Me) and 4 (Hotel du Lac) in time for Brookner's 84th birthday on July 16th.