Sunday, July 7, 2013

Future Plans and Hopes For The Reading Life on the Occasion of Fourth Birthday of My Blog

Here are what I think and hope will happen on The Reading Life in next 12 months.

1.  I am pretty sure my top reading and blogging interest will continue to be Irish literature.  I am expanding out from the short story and contemporary novels to Irish poetry and am rereading Ulysses for the first time in decades.   I am also reading Irish history.   I will, I hope continue to expand on the 80 Q and A sessions I have done with Irish writers.   Starting March 1 2014, God willing, Irish Short Story Month Year IV will begin.  

2. I hope to read more Japanese novels, one of my core interests, more post colonial works from India and Filipino short stories.

3.  I will read, with no preset plans, classics, modern fiction, new fiction that seems promising.

4.  I love short stories and will read, I hope, a lot more of them.   I plan to read many short stories by authors from the Indian subcontinent.   

5.  I hope to continue to publish more short stories.  If you are interested in this, please contact me.

6.  I hope to read works by writers I have not heard of yet that will be among the greatest things I have ever read.  

7.  I hope to follow the literary careers of everyone who has done a Q and A on my blog.  If you are interested in this, contact me.  

8.   I hope to continue to build networks to readers all over the world.   I regret the closing of Google Reader and hope I can figure out how to add widgets for Digg, Bloglovin, and Feedly. 

Mel u


  1. Congratulations on 4 years, Mel!
    Keep going!

  2. Congratulations & here's to many more. PS love the idea of more poetry :-)

  3. Mel, it looks like you've a hectic reading schedule for your fifth year. I like the focus on literature from the subcontinent and look forward to reading your reviews on short stories from India. Eighty Q&As with Irish writers is an amazing feat. I read poetry occasionally.


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