Hello and Happy New Year!
‘New Year’s resolution’ is a turn of phrase that usually makes me roll my eyes while thinking: “Enjoy your time at the gym, I’ll meet you back on the sofa in February”. This year, however, I decided to make one I know I can keep – to read more books. This challenge is not about quantity, or even quality, but about newness; I’m very good at re-reading familiar books, not so good at keeping up with new ones. I’m therefore committing to reading at least 12 new books in 2015.
My list includes books I’ve bought but not yet read, books that I’ve been meaning to read, and even one that made the list as a result of the best 1-star review I’ve ever seen. Few of them are strictly speaking ‘new’, but they are new to me, which is what counts in this endeavour.
- On Writing – Stephen King
- The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
- Mudie’s Circulating Library and the Victorian Novel – Guinevere L. Griest
- David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
- Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary – Marina Warner
- J – Howard Jacobson
- The Complete English Poems – John Donne
- Reading Like a Writer – Francine Prose
- The Stairwell – Michael Longley
- Brand New Ancients – Kate Tempest
- The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
- Ayoade on Ayoade – Richard Ayoade
- Blackbirds – Chuck Wendig
- Angeli: The Pirate, the Angel & the Irishman – Any Vansant
And yes, I’ve listed 14 books – this is so that I have some leeway if any of them is unreadable (I’m committing to getting at least a third of the way through before I’m allowed to give up though). Should I make it through all 14 I shall award myself brownie points. Mmmm, brownies! The plan is to read at least one book each month, and, to keep myself accountable, I’ll be posting a review of the book I’ve read.
If you’d like to join me on my quest, offer encouragement, or warn me off a particular book, I’d welcome your input; just do it quietly – I’m trying to read!