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Reading Catch-Up


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So, folks. I didn’t beat my record of 46 books read in 2014, I actually lost count at the end of 2015, and my Goodreads account has been a little quiet – I miss it over there.

I’m not sure what happened in the last quarter, but the publication of my story and the pressure of getting more writing done took over. Then it was Christmas, and before I knew it, the year had ended and I hadn’t read much at all. I always ask for book vouchers for Christmas and for my birthday (I got them) so naturally, I got excited about my next book shopping trip because I hadn’t done it in a while.

Pictured above is my current ‘To Be Read’ pile, and as you can see, I was in a particular mood on the day I bought these. The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen was more of a collector’s item, but I genuinely took my time deciding on the others. I’ve picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs numerous times, and then put it down again. This time, I decided I’d just go for it – I am currently halfway through it. Shirley Jackson really impressed me with We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I just know that I’d love her other works. Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang has been recommended to me strongly by some of my very well-read Instagram friends, and after reading the first page in the shop, I fell into Chang’s dreamy rhythm and language and just had to get it.

It’s the momentum of reading that I miss – the pace I had kept up before, book after book after book. I was being nourished consistently, it kept my mind focused on literature, on my own writing, and it’s ironic that I let it fall away while I was stressing over getting some work done. Reading actually gets me to produce better work, it also keeps me feeling like I still belong in this literary world, and that I’m not missing out on anything.

So I intend to just pick it up again and see how I go, I won’t be making promises or joining the Goodreads Challenge, but simply making time to read more and get through my piles of books just because I want to.

So, what are you reading at the moment?


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