I still can’t believe it’s only the second week of twenty-eighteen! the Xmas/Nye period is such a busy (but fun) time that it felt like months ago already. Time truly is a human construct. So, last year I said I wanted to read more of my own books and buy less. Did that happen? i’ll give you one guess… I’m hoping publishing my decision on a blog – may give me the extra oomph necessary to complete the goal. HAHA, no seriously.
I love having unread books in my house, i’m definitely of the book hoarder category and the mystery of unread books is so appealing – it’s literally your own personal library. However, I’m buying faster than I can read and it’s not that I want to have 0 by 2020 TBR but I would like to have read closer to three quarters of my shelf content.
Libraries. They are great – and i love them – and i have recently discovered the magic of audio books. Some of my bigger books and hefty classics I will endeavour to get through faster with the help of borrowed audio books. Winning already am I right?
What about the man booker you say? I’m asking myself this very question. As much as I love reading the man booker + international longlists – I’ve found it often slows down my reading (not to panic I don’t buy the whole 13, I use the library mostly!) and while I’ve found some great new authors and absolute gems – I’m not exactly reading my own shelf content am I? It’s a tough call. I’m kind of getting a sweat just thinking about it. I also want to do the Bailey’s prize this year as well – last year’s looked SO GOOD. (Except for the winner – it was the only one I wasn’t overly keen on. Am I allowed to say that? HA.)
Compromise? How about the Bailey’s shortlist instead of the Booker International – they’re almost on at the same time and quite frankly i was a little disappointed with the 2017 longlist. I almost feel that the Bailey’s is a greater investment of my time considering I am more often than not drawn to women novelists (those internalized patriarchal notions don’t work on me!) and the list seems less of a literary chore than the Booker International. (Don’t get me wrong I love translated fiction – but it’s something I can choose on my own regardless of its being Booker-listed)
Thank Goodness, the original Booker is much later in the year. Maybe I will have read some of the longlist prior (like I had done last year) or here’s a thought. MAYBE i will have zoomed through my own shelf content and feel less guilty about reading 13 more books. (MAYBE i shouldn’t let guilt dictate my reading preferences)
So enjoy this bookish rainbow of books I have been meaning to read and tell me which should I read first? One with the highest votes wins – or I’ll just pull the names out of a hat or something. THEY ALL LOOK SO GOOD i can’t choose.
WHAT are your 2018 reading goals? Do you keep a strict TBR and monthly goals? Or are you a mood reader beset by guilt? Chat to me below in the comments x
Do svidaniya my bookish pals