In case you missed my first post 2015 is going to be the year that I reclaimed my love of reading. I don’t really make New Years resolutions but if I did this would be one of them…to read more books. Nearly one month in and I’m pleased with how it has gone; I have read four books this month, four! I had a target in my head of at least one a month because I wanted to be realistic so finding the time and motivation to read four has been amazing.
In the end it wasn’t as difficult as I thought; two things really helped me. Firstly I only picked books I wanted to read which might sound daft but how often have you started a book because you feel you should read it? Maybe it’s a classic or a popular book or it’s been on the bookshelf forever, some of these can be great but others can become a chore and that is exactly what stops me reading. I’ve started picking books that I am looking forward to reading and luckily all of them have drawn me in and I’ve read quite quickly, if I’m not enjoying a book this year I’m going to put it to one side and try something else.
The second thing I have done is to PUT DOWN THE PHONE; every single night when I get into bed I pick up my phone and I can be on it for anything between 10 minutes and an hour just catching up on social media, checking emails etc. I’m certain this isn’t good for me just before bed as my mind doesn’t switch off. I have been determined to use that time to read and that has really helped me relax. Of course if I get a message I’ll reply but once I’ve read I try not to pick my phone up before I go to sleep, it’s a hard habit to break but I’m getting better.
These are the four books I’ve read this month; The Observations – Jane Harris, The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton, Clandestine in Chile – Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Wonder – R.J. Palacio. I enjoyed all of them, they were all different so maybe that is why it kept me interested. The Miniaturist I wasn’t sure about for the first couple of chapters but then it hooked me in and I just loved it; it is so beautifully written and you can really picture everything she describes. I’ve just finished Wonder today and cannot believe I haven’t read it sooner, such a sweet story and very uplifting. Clandestine In Chile was one I just plucked off our bookshelf because it was short but it was so interesting. It is the true story of a Chilean director who was exiled from his own country, he wanted to get back in to film so he did, in a complete disguise as a different person. Garcia Marquez interviewed him afterwards and put this book together telling the tale. The Observations was borrowed from a friend; it was a intriguing one with some fantastic characters so I found it easy and enjoyable.
Thank you to everyone who has been joining in on Instagram, it has been great to get some inspiration and see what everyone else is enjoying. Check out the hashtag #ayearinbooks2015 and feel free to join in at any time and let me know your book recommendations. What have you been enjoying this year?
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