Let's Talk About Books.
Starting off with a few favourites from last year...
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara :: Broke me. Still not over it. Need to reread.
Lorali by Laura Dockrill :: Manages to be relatable AND about mermaids. At the same time. I know. Laura Dockrill is magic, there's no other explanation.
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley :: British, gothic, unnerving. That's all you need to know, surely?
It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful by Lia Purpura :: Something drew me to this little poetry collection in The Strand in New York and it's perfect.
Ariel by Sylvia Plath :: Why has it taken me so long to read Plath? I'm thoroughly ashamed of myself.
Morning Breaks in the Elevator by Lemn Sissay :: Beautiful, beautiful poetry.
I could go on and on (more over on #reallygoodbooksireadin2015) because I read some cracking books last year, but I shall leave it there.
Now, on to some reading goals for this year. This will be brief because, well, there aren't many...
One. My goodreads challenge is set to 10 books. Last year I set it at 100 books and seeing that number every week was too much pressure, so I stopped reading for a good chunk of the year in protest because that's just typical of me. So it's 10 this year to see whether it helps me read more. An experiment if you will. But even if I don't read more than last year, I at least want to read exactly what I want to, whenever I want to read it. And that's something I didn't really do fully last year, which is no fun at all.
Two. Although I don't have a particular numerical goal, I do want to document the books I read here. Now whether that's a few words, a few sentences, or a few paragraphs I don't really mind. I just think it will be nice to have a series of posts I can look back on, see what I felt about a book in that moment, and see if my thoughts change or if I forget anything that I really liked/hated at the time.
I'm going to get started on that second one this weekend, starting with some of the books I read last year (those I can remember enough of to do justice, of course).
And so, let's get this reading year started. I finished Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith yesterday, which was a little disappointing but still readable. I'm not sure what my next read is going to be, perhaps M Train by Patti Smith?
Have you set any reading goals for yourself this year?
What are you currently reading?