I see that near the end of 2012, my first year of Belle, Book, and Candle, I set a goal for myself to read short stories, plays, and one of The Russians this year.
I have missed that exalted objective by a mile! OK, maybe three miles. I did read a few compilations of mystery short stories, but not one play nor one Russian author.
So be it.
To my credit, over the past year I have read books by many new (to me) authors and have been delighted with some of those finds. I remember, also, that I tried new books by some favorite authors and was sorely disappointed and didn't finish reading a few of them.
I think next year I will keep a list of Books Begun But Abandoned.
I am reviewing the books read in 2013 and soon will come up with my favorites for the year. (I am most likely the last person to do so!) What shall I call them? Belle's Best? Belle's Beloveds? Belle's Blue-Ribbon Books?