1. Read contemporary writers
It’s no secret that I am sucker for the Classics, especially those from the 19th to the early 20th century. As much as I strive for diversity in my reading, I find myself gravitating towards the Classics most of the time. While this is well and good, sometimes when one starts to use the expression “What a capital idea!” one too often, it’s a sign that one needs to delve into the modern every once in awhile. The good news is that some new titles published last year have been likened to the 19th century novel (uh-oh!) like Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. I’ve also started on the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, a gothic mystery written by Spanish novelist, Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
I am currently reading my first chunker for the year – Thackeray’s Vanity Fair and have another Victorian novel (see what I mean about being a sucker for Classics!) waiting for me, George Eliot’s Middlemarch. I recently discovered 2666, Robert Bolano’s complex book about literary sleuths. It’s one massive read and contemplating on whether to add that to my list of chunkers.
3. Share through reviews
I am convinced that our journey with the book doesn’t end once we’ve reached the last page. No. Each book is an experience, a life lived and to discuss and share our experiences (even if it’s in a form of a review) opens us up as readers. It challenges us to more actively articulate our feelings, our learnings and take-aways from each and every encounter with a book. This is the reason why I started this book blog so I could have a place to put down these thoughts to whoever will care to listen.
So onwards to an awesome and bookish 2014!