In addition to looking back at my year as a whole, I looked back at my reading life as well. This was easy to do, since I keep two reading-related notebooks. The first is a little notebook where I jot down the name and author of books read by month. The second is a bigger notebook for taking notes (particularly when reading non-fiction). The latter is useful when I am looking for an interesting idea while writing or preparing a lecture for one of my classes. The former, however, is what makes it easy to look back at what I read over the course of the year. Here is a little glimpse at my 2023 reading.
December feels like a natural point to stop and reflect. I decided to be more intentional about doing that this year. 2024 is going to be a transition year for me and, like many of life's transitions, I expect to feel overwhelmed, scared, excited...all at the same time. I think writing about this transition would be helpful. Rather than start at a beginning (January), I'm going to start at an end (December) with a year-in-review post. So, here is my 2023 reflection. I hope sharing what has happened will be a good way to launch into the unknown of 2024.