I received the one book I most wanted the Chirstmas yesterday (Thanks, Anjin!), Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale. As my eyes were drooping and ready to close whether I was ready or not last night, I at least did make it through the first chapter. I have to remind myself not to let my expectations get too high with this one least I end up disappointed. So many people have raved about this book.
I admit that I almost decided against reading this or any other possible contender for my favorite of the year list (that expectation creeping in again!) this week. As I reasoned with Anjin, there's a reason I haven't posted my list yet--there is always room for change. And too, I do not know when I will get the opportunity to read Setterfield's novel once I begin the 2007 Winter Classics Challenge. Do I want to wait two months before picking up The Thirteenth Tale? Not really, no. Of course, it could end up that I finish the book after the start of the new year, which means it goes onto next year's list . . . I can already tell this isn't a book I want to rush through, but one I want to savor.