New Year reading resolutions
For this New Year, I’m aiming to make more time for reading. Author David Nicholls’ article in the Daily Telegraph struck a chord with me where he resolved to try and find just half an hour more in his day to read, a habit which he’d got out of.
Nicholls’ own time-sucks are pretty much the same as mine. I’m addicted to trawling news sites, I too have wasted hours following various Twitter feuds and online spats because there is always one going on somewhere, isn’t there?
Perhaps my own biggest time waster is reading the comments below the line on various news sites or blogs- you know the ones – that so enrage me I have to mainline Bach’s Rescue Remedy to regain any sort of composure. I’ve stopped checking Twitter on my phone the minute I wake up and last thing at night before I go to bed and instead have picked up a book. I’m not planning on going cold turkey or anything – but just that half an hour reading instead of being online – has clawed back some time.
Another resolution was to read more books I’ve already got on my shelves rather than buy more (although I’ve already failed on that one but they were bought with book tokens I got for Christmas so that doesn’t count).
So I’m two weeks into the New Year and I’ve read:
Me Before You – Jo Jo Moyes
I can’t think why I didn’t read this last year when everyone was talking about it. Although I pretty much knew what was going to happen, it was so engaging, I devoured it in a couple of sittings. I had seen so many people saying it completely did them in emotionally, I thought I’d be immune to it, being prepared in advance. But I sobbed and sobbed.
The Last Time I Saw You – Eleanor Moran
The Crooked Heart – Helen Dunmore
Dare Me – Megan Abbott
Megan Abbott is a stunning writer. I have a definite girl crush on her. She is brilliant at nailing those coming of age, intense female friendships. The End of Everything was one of my favourite books ever and she’s done it again.
The Other Hand – Chris Cleave
I’m not sure I would have chosen this had it not been chosen for my book group. I have a lot of issues with it and struggled to finish it.
Y – Marjorie Celona
I’ve just started this – it’s was announced at the beginning of the week as one of Waterstones Eleven. So far it’s gripping.
Did you make any reading resolutions this year? How are you doing?