Whilst social media has been busy promising itself to be healthier, fitter, more hydrated and less in debt this week, I’ve decided to use the coming of the new year as more of a reset rather than a reinvent. I lost my way a bit towards the end of 2017 – I didn’t sleep enough, read enough or write enough. I just drooped, a bit down but definitely not out!
Now that’s not to say 2017 was a bad year at all. It saw my sister marry my lovely brother-in-law and my best friend marry her best friend. It saw more of my books entering bookshops. I visited new and old places on holiday and swapped living alone for living with the boy… just (he moved in at 5pm on New Years Eve!).
That being said, I want 2018 to be a place that sees me heading back towards to bookshelves and this blog again. I only managed 36/50 books in my Goodreads challenge last year, what with wedmin and other things taking precedence over reading, so now, with the new year I am resetting. I’m aiming for what I hope to be a manageable (if not underestimated) 40 books this year and in the spirit of easing me back in, I’m in the middle of rereading one of my favourite series – The Hunger Games (reviews here, here and here).
I also want to read more new releases and actually read them not just have them languishing on the bookshelves until they’re no longer new. So to help me stay on top of new releases (and to give future me little treats to look forward to!) I’ve got four books on pre-order, one to arrive every month between now and April:
At the end of this month I’m finally getting my hands on Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I’ve been desperately waiting for it to come out in paperback and now it has, the wait is (almost) over!
I saw a lot of bloggers raving about The Hazel Wood over the Christmas period – lucky devils getting proof copies! – so that’s going to be my February read.
On 1st March the new Louise O’Neill is landing in my letterbox – Almost Love. I’ve loved everything she’s written thus far so fingers crossed it continues! It sounds like it will be another amazing read from the blurb though.
And to see me into April is The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. Again, this has been popping up all over my social media of late and with a title like that, it was too intriguing not to purchase.
I want 2018 to be a bookish new year, a happy new year and an explorative new year. I want to read those books that have been waiting to be read. I wish to clear the shelves a little and, most importantly, to enjoy words again.
So to paraphrase one of my favourite literary redheads this is a new year, fresh with no mistakes in it yet! So let’s enjoy it!