have already gone awry.

My PC has broken and must be sent away. This means a) I will be offline for a fortnight at least; or b) I must get to grips with the wordpress ipad application and work out how to get photos from camera to ipad; or c) Blog photolessly.

Given that I am in the middle of a digital photography course and am grappling with apertures and shutters and bracketing and … I have enough technology challenges to contend with, so I’m going offline and will use the additional time to attack the TBR.

Thanks to the definition of books in the post being legitimate entries for this year’s TBR Double Dog Dare, I availed myself of the opportunity to preorder a few titles. I didn’t go mad and restricted myself to just 4 books, all translations. 2 from German (Snow White Must Die, Going to the Dogs), 1 Catalan (The Sound of One Hand Killing) and 1 from Japanese (The Gate). That should wIll keep me happy for the next 3 months. It will – I’m combining the Double Dog Dare with a book- buying ban …. for the whole 3 months (orders placed prior to 31.01.12 don’t count).

Specific plans included participation in blogging events January in Japan and Long Awaited Reads I had a very enticing reading list at the ready. (See footnote.) But – here it comes – my reading group decided that this is the month for the 1194 pages of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. I’m afraid that all other reading plans are suspended for the foreseeable future.

This is going to take time. The print is small and it’s not exactly plot-driven or the first 98 pages, (3.5 hours to read) weren’t. At least my enforced blogging break may help me get through it. See you on the other side ……

Original reading choices for January in Japan
Japanese Short Stories (Folio Society Anthology)
The Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino
Original Long Awaited Read Choices
Journey by Moonlight – Antal Szerb
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton