Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A year of Artful Reading starts here

So it's January 1st - the start of a new year - and time for a new challenge!

The Artful Readers Club is the brainchild of the lovely Darcy from Art and Sole - at the start of the year we are to choose 12 books, and then each month we will:
  • read one of the books
  • write a brief review of it on our blog
  • make a piece of art of some kind inspired by the book
<=== This was my original choice of 12 books 

But I was a little worried about that monster at the bottom of the pile, New York by Edward Rutherfurd.  It has over 1100 pages, and the chances of me managing to finish it in a month are frankly slim

Then came Christmas, and one of my presents was a book about fonts called Just My Type, that looks really interesting, so I swapped that for New York and here is my revised pile:

I have left New York on my virtual bookshelf over there in the left sidebar, though, and my plan is to try and read it bit by bit over the year as a bonus book

I'll see you back here on the last Friday of January when I'll be posting my review and related art-thingy for book # 1 on my list - Heartstone by CJ Sansom, a crime thriller set in Tudor times

Until then, happy artful reading to everyone else taking part in the challenge

30 comments:

Darcy said...

Welcome on board, glad to have you with us. Good luck on your reading and arting. x

Gina said...

Hahaha....wise choice :D...I haven't even looked how many pages there are in my books...was too scared :D XXX

Virginia said...

that does look like a monster book Sarah! The swap seems a very good idea!

SusieJ said...

Great list Sarah!
I'm still choosing mine....
Happy New Year.
Hugs xx

San @ Made in Hem said...

But what about Heartstone? That's a monster too! And the cover looks promising so I am going to look that one up in a moment...
Looking forward to hear/see more about your list of books! ♥

Shirley said...

Thanks for alerting me to Darcey's challenge Sarah,
I have been sorting through my bookshelves and have chosen my books just need to link in to Darcey's blog now.
X

Kelly M. Myers said...

Happy Reading :)

Tee Thompson said...

Good idea to change out the HUGE book! LOL The font book does sound interesting!

Maz said...

lol haven't thought about how big my books are - some are on the kindle so I can't really tell!

Carmen said...

Really looking forward to your reviews. And the art especially :-)

lorig said...

The Just My type Book looks interesting. The New York book looks huge. Looking forward to seeing the art and reviews.

Janet said...

Totally new and interesting list to me. I bet the Robert Harris book is good. I have read a few of his before but not the one you have chosen.

Janet xx

Alison xx said...

Oh I've been wanting to read Rivers of London for ages, so look forward to seeing your review. A xx

Jen said...

Yet again not read any of these so looking forward to your thoughts on them.
Jen x

Stefi J said...

some good choices not sure i've read any of them but looking forward to your reviews x

http? said...

I know I've left a comment before but it seems to have gone into the ether. Hope this gets through.
I like the idea of the Type book and will look that up on Amazon, such an interesting area to read about and look at. An the Hearth Shaped Box title intrigues me. Look forward to the reviews.

Jez Eden said...

I know I've left a message before but it must have gone into the ether, so I'll try again.
Looks an interesting list. I like the idea of the Type book, always an interesting subject. And the title Hearth Shaped Box intrigues me. Look forward to your reviews

Jez said...

Why it's called me http I don't know, but it's me, me, me.

Anam_Kihaku said...

some awesome books there.

the hank one is one of my favourites. i used to have signed ones of his that i sold for our infertility treatments.

i might have to get that type one.

Gina Shillitani said...

Heartstone sounds really interesting, I will be looking forward to the review on that one. The font book sounds neat too.

P.J. said...

See, now this sounds like a really awesome challenge. I like the idea of a reading club of sorts. The art part ... well, ya know. But really wild. Have fun with it! :)

NatashaMay said...

It will be fun to read your reviews. I see some intense reads. :)

donnalouiserodgers said...

FFS - you are me...

just less assertive,

i just read
Just My Type before I gave it Luke for Christmas - you WILL love it,

and monsters should sit at bottoms of piles of 'things to do' and be dealt with finally and swiftly....

Dxxxx

Manon said...

Ha ha now I see what I should have done... I could always edit my original post!
Great meeting you and I am looking forward to seeing more of you!
ManonX

Helen said...

Good idea swapping that huge book out! A fellow Pratchett fan, none on my ARC list as too many others on my kindle

Jenny said...

Lovely list Sarah... love the sound of the font book too... look forward to hearing about your reads...

Jenny ♥

laurie said...

i know what you mean about your new york selection - i have a few on my own list that i will be lucky to get through in a month! there are so many books out there. at least 12 will make a small (very small) dent in them. :-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Since I can't see the links, I appreciate that you found me. I'll try to reciprocate early at the end of the month.

I've never heard of any of those books you cited, so I am anxious for this challenge to begin. It will be fun to see your reviews and what you create as a result of each one.

Ali said...

Hi Sarah. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Woodford is a couple of hours drive from where I live here in Queensland, Australia. We moved back home to Australia from the UK about 15 months ago. We lived in London for about 20 months. My husband was originally from Huddersfield in Yorkshire. We went to support his mum when his dad was ill. His Dad passed away while we lived there.

What a great list! I love Terry Pratchett and CJ Sansom!

Dee said...

My other half is a Pratchett fan, I don't seem to be able to get into him though I love the fantasy genre. Must try again. Looking forward to your review of Thud and your other books too of course.