The Library, Cardiff Castle – you may know it from the Doctor Who Episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS”
It’s that time of the year again… when you take stock of what you did and what you plan to do. I just consulted my “To be read”-list and have to shamefully admit that I only read five books. Of course, others read way less, but I was a bonafide bookworm until… yeah, until I started university and had other stuff to read and then the Internet happened. Now there’s that stupid time thing that leaves me struggling with managing to squeeze in working and writing into my days.
Excuses, excuses, though. I found time to write, so the plan for 2015 will be finding time to read. It’s simply a matter of priorities. I found with writing that cutting out time spent online worked like a charm. Ha, who’d have thought THAT? Yeah, I know…
The other plan will be to read more “literature” instead of my guilty pleasure cheesy romance. Don’t get me wrong though, cheesy romance has its place and value, and there are days when you just need to be spirited away into a happily ever after, but I want to broaden my horizon again. Reading books that challenge me and my beliefs (1). I want to read more foreign authors (2) from countries I don’t know much from. For example, from South America. Or Japan. Or from islamic countries. I haven’t gotten far in my search for books from that spectrum though that I actually want to read – yet.
Some new books for my TBR list are:
Middlemarch by George Eliot
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Swamplandia! by Karen Russel
Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Together with the “left-overs” from this year, I should be set for lots of interesting adventures into other people’s heads. What books do you want to read next year? Tell me, I could use some recommendations.
(1) Of course, this English Literature minor can’t just simply read for entertainment, can she?
(2) I’m sort of stuck with British and American writers… I don’t know why? *blames university*