It wouldn’t be the New Year if I didn’t do the New Year’s Resolutions Book Tag. I adore preparing this tag, and reflecting on what I have read and what I want to read. Here’s what I loved in 2018
Get in shape – name a book that doesn’t quite fit on your shelf correctly
The White Book by Han Kang – I just don’t know where to put it. It isn’t that the shape is awkward, I just don’t know how to categorize it.
Eat healthy – name a book you feel was good for you to read
Cheer-Up Love by Susan Calman, because it reminded me that I am not alone in having depression and somehow she made talking about the topic funny.
Forces of Nature by Prof Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen as it reminded me that despite the impression I was left with at school, I can and do understand science.
Read more – name a book you keep telling yourself to read but haven’t yet
So in 2016 and 2017 I have said 1984 by George Orwell. I still haven’t read it; however I have bought a new copy as my husband’s copy is delicate and wouldn’t survive my handbag, so this year might be the year. Maybe.
Quit smoking – name a book you kept going back to even though you had finished it
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I finally found poetry that makes me cry and I adore it. The Sun and her Flowers, her second collection, is also amazing.
Save more money – name a book you got for a really good price
Tom Hank’s Uncommon Type – I was going to wait for it to come out in paperback, but I managed to get the hardback at a reasonable price from a supermarket.
Be more organized – how do you organize your bookshelf?
Not very well; it’s something I need to work on.
Be punctual – shortest time and longest time it took you to read a book
Call me by your name by Andre Aciman lasted about four hours. They were exquisite hours.
I’ve been dipping in and out of The Book of Human Emotions by Tiffany-Watt Smith for a few months now, and I’m only half-way through the alphabet.
Also I’m still reading Vermeer’s Hat in sporadic intervals. That’s a one that has been on the go for over a year now.
Go out more – what book isolated you from reality?
I have a couple of contenders for this one. Call me by your name, in conjunction with the film and soundtrack has devoured me.
However, I think the winner might be Love from Boy – I remember reading this outside in the hot spring sun, and it was as if I was in Dar es Salaam.
Be unique – what was your favourite book of 2017?
I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a rough year, and one of many low points for me was the backlash fans had against the new series of Sherlock. I wrote about this in ‘My Many Selves as a Geeky Fan.’
Therefore I think that discovering Mark Gatiss as a novelist has been a highlight and something positive for me to reflect upon in relation to one of my favourite writers and actors. I adored Lucifer Box; so this year it isn’t a single book, but three: The Vesuvius Club, The Devil in Amber and Black Butterfly.
Be more personal – what book are you most looking forward to this year?
The novelisation of the new Star Wars film, and once it gets released in paperback, Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami. I have Norwegian Wood waiting in the wings to keep me going in the meanwhile.
Really, resolutions – which book do you promise to read during the year?
Less a specific book, and more I have a lot of non-fiction books that I’ve acquired over the year and need to read.
I also really need to read some more Kazuo Ishiguro, and I have to go back to Benedict Jacka at some point.