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. It has however been a bittersweet year for reading, and I’m not going to lie, preparing it this year has been harder than before.
However, here’s what I loved in 2018
Get in shape – name a book that doesn’t quite fit on your shelf correctly
I bought a book of Anglo Saxon Verse a couple of months ago and I’m not sure whether to file it under history or poetry.
Eat healthy – name a book you feel was good for you to read
Easiest category to fill in this year. Note on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig.
Read more – name a book you keep telling yourself to read but haven’t yet
So instead this year I’m instead going to aim to read books I already own and try not to buy too many new ones.
Quit smoking – name a book you kept going back to even though you had finished it
Most unfortunately this year I haven’t had a book that has gripped me in this way. Normally it is a book of poetry like Rupi Kaur, but not this year. Which I think does say a hell of a lot about my reading this year, which has been sporadic at best.
Save more money – name a book you got for a really good price
I haven’t really been bargain hunting this year. In truth I have been spending far too much on books this year, because I find book shopping very soothing.
I think the best deal I got was being able to buy Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig a week before the release date because…well still not sure why it was being sold early but it was an amazing moment because I had been looking forward to it so much.
Be more organized – how do you organize your bookshelf?
Not very well; it’s something I need to work on. Still. Certainly tidier than last year.
Be punctual – shortest time and longest time it took you to read a book
As excited as I was about Matt Haig’s new book it did take me about six months of dipping in and out of it to finish it. However, every time I did pick it up to read the next bit, I ended up reading exactly what I needed to read next to help me with whatever problem was affecting my mental health at the time.
The book I read the quickest was Everless by Sara Holland. I bought it to read on the train when I was going on a day trip. I pretty much only put the book away in order to sprint across a train station to make a connection after suffering some delays. Finished it when I was halfway home.
Go out more – what book isolated you from reality?
Another one I picked up at the train station. Disobedience by Naomi Alderman. I just got completely lost in Hendon, North London, and the Orthodox Jewish community that serves as the book’s setting. Loved it.
Be unique – what was your favourite book of 2018?
Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I have loved the film for about twenty years now, so I finally got around to reading the e-book I picked up a couple of years ago when it was in a kindle sale.
Normally if I’ve loved one version of a story for so long, like a film based on a book I’ve never read, I’m normally disappointed when I try the book. Not this time; it is very different to the film, but it is just as enchanting.
Be more personal – what book are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m really looking forward to reading through all the books I already own, and I’m really looking forward to going back to a few I’ve only read the once but haven’t read in a very long time. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, are two I am particularly looking forward to reading both again.
In terms of new books to read, I can’t wait to read The Power by Naomi Alderman, which is calling to me after I finished her first novel Disobedience the other week.
Really, resolutions – which book do you promise to read during the year?
I really need to try the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness again. I read a Discovery of Witches back in 2011 when it first came out but while I bought the other two in the trilogy I have never read them, and I think it is time I should really.
I also need to read more Kazuo Ishiguro. I read The Remains of the Day over Christmas and loved it, so I certainly need to read more by him this year.