Although I haven’t really set myself any resolutions for 2018, my new mantra of “just get on with it” applies to basically everything, including books. I didn’t read as much I would have liked in 2017 and I’ve really missed it. For me, reading is a form of self-care; it’s an escape from the world around me and an opportunity to lose myself in someone else’s life for a change. When I make time to read I look after myself better, and as someone who’s been trying to put myself first when my first instinct is to look after others, that’s invaluable.
I’m going to attempt to read 52 books in 2018, but I won’t beat myself up if I don’t manage it. It’s just a number to aim for; a reason to stick with the books that are sometimes a little hard-going. I’ll be keeping track of my reading properly for the first time using Goodreads and Twitter so you can keep up with my reading if you fancy. No doubt several of the books will be reviewed or just mentioned on here so that record is really just for me.
I’m currently reading House of Names by Colm Toibin and Autumn by Ali Smith, neither of which is my usual type of book. I’ll see how they go as right now it’s pretty slow-going, even if I’m enjoying them, especially Autumn. Still on my to read list after some Amazon splurging and Christmas gifts are:
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Peter Frankopan
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
The Crow Girl, Erik Axl Sund
The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Hayao Miyazaki
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood
Smoke, Dan Vyleta
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
As for how long it’s going to take me to get through these, in theory, it should take until April but I wouldn’t be that surprised if some of these are still unread in 2019 since I bought Middlemarch in July…