So 2020 is nearly over and many will be pleased to see the back of it. I’ve read some great books this year and I’m already looking forward to what’s in store next year. Whilst I’m not one who worries about how many books I’ve read or whether I’m missing out on the latest proof or hot title, I am always interested in ways to make reading a bit more fun, as immensely entertaining as it already is.
I already have some ongoing reading challenges, A Century of Books and Reading Around the World. I was also wondering what else could diversify my reading. Inspiration struck when I was sorting out by book shelves. I’ve decided to do a Persephone picks. Each month I will review one book published by Persephone Books, who have a knack of resurrecting long forgotten literary treasures. (When the world is up and running again I would also recommend visiting their delightful shop in Holborn, London.)
Agatha Christie (or rather the group that celebrates her work) is doing a Read Christie 2021 challenge which I’m also keen to take part in. They have created a handy checklist and give reading prompts such as “A story set in bad weather” or “A story set in a grand house” and leave the reader to select the novel.
I’m also aiming to read more books I’ve bought, rather than just review copies. I’m hoping to throw in more non-fiction and poetry and more translated fiction. What I am definitely not going to do is worry about how many books I’ve read or not read or pit myself in an unacknowledged and unnecessary battle with other readers to read more or feel bad if I don’t receive the proof everyone else seems to have, though that of course is easier said than done. There will be no fear of missing out because the great thing about books is they will always be there for us, to buy at a later date or borrow from the library. They don’t judge us by our cover and they don’t have an expiration date. Next year, as it should really be for me each year, it will be about the journey there, not rushing to the destination.
Whatever you read next year, I hope the books bring with them the enjoyment, enlightenment, challenge or comfort you seek from them.