Laura (laura0218) wrote,

The Sunday Salon: Changing "Travel" Plans

I'm normally one to make a plan, and stick with it.  I can be a bit stubborn about this sometimes, holding fast to my plan just because it's there.  My husband encountered this trait early in our marriage:
"Hey, do you want to run down to Washington, D.C. today?  We could see that new exhibit!"
"Oh no, we couldn't possibly do that.  I have to do the grocery shopping and the laundry!"
Thankfully he is a persistent and yet patient soul, and over many years has helped me learn how to abandon my plans from time to time. 

But I still like my little plans, and that's why it took me a while to realize that my 2009 reading plan needed an adjustment.  At the beginning of the year I set several reading goals for myself.  One of my goals was to "read across borders":  10 books in translation, each from a "new" country (as defined by the author's nationality).  But after reading 6 books I've lost interest -- not in world literature, but in "visiting" all the world's countries.  I've "traveled" to 58 countries (far short of the 190+ total), but it's becoming more difficult to find books from "new" countries that I can get excited about reading.  And the 6 books I've read so far this year have been OK, but not my favorites.  I had 4 more books lined up, but then ...

Another of my 2009 reading goals was to read more books "just for fun," not tied to any other challenge or goal.  This has brought much-needed spontaneity to my reading.  I know, I know ... this isn't rocket science, and most people only read "just for fun."  Well, I know this goal is working for me, because the "just for fun" reading has been taking precedence over "reading across borders" for a few months now.  As I was thinking ahead to September, LibraryThing's Monthly Author Reads group decided to read Daphne Du Maurier.  I read Rebecca in July, loved it (read my review), and was definitely up for more Du Maurier.  This required me to jettison other reads planned for September, and that's when I began to question my original plan.

So now I'm thinking of my Reading Across Borders journey like one of those hop on / hop off bus tours in large cities.  For now, I'm going to hop off the bus and go where my mood takes me.  I will probably still read books in translation, but not necessarily from "new" countries.  It might be interesting to read one country's literature in greater depth.  Whatever I choose to do, I can't lose sight of the "fun" part of reading!

I'll be back next week with my August wrap-up.  See you then!
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