2012: The Year Of The Dance
Big announcement: I’m changing the format of this blog to a dancing theme–mainly ballroom dancing, but I’ll also cover the tango and a little bit of tap. You see, I just love dancing.
At the beginning of 2011, I set a goal of reading through book #30 by the end of the year. Somehow I accomplished that, as I wrapped up book #33 in late December. This year, I have two goals.
Number one, I want to get through book 65. I think that’s doable.
Number two, I want to read through the entire series A Dance To The Music of Time, which is one of the “books” on the list, though it is actually a series of twelve novels written by Anthony Powell.
It took Powell 24 years to write all 12–written between 1951 and 1975. A few months ago, we talked a little about how to approach “Dance,” and with your creativity and some insight from a friend, here’s what I came up with.
A Dance To The Music of Time includes 12 books that total about 3,000 pages. As luck would have it, 2012 contains 12 months. How about that? One book for each month!
So that’s what I’m going to do. In addition to my normal reading, I’ll also be reading one volume from the “Dance” each month. By this time next year, I’ll be able to check this mammoth off the list.
After I read each book, I’ll write some type of mini review that I’ll post at the end of each month. And I guess at the end of the year, I’ll post some type of review of the whole series.
So instead of essentially killing the blog and reading all 12 at once, or even trying to speed read through four books at once, I thought this might work better–it just might require a little extra reading to complete each book during the month, while reading the others.
I’ll start off this month reading A Question of Upbringing, the first book in the first of four “movements” (3 books each). Let’s hope it’s good–because this could be a brutal year if it’s not.
I’d love for you guys to jump into this challenge with me. Make 2012 your year of The Dance!