December Reading Plans

Or, rather, restrictions. A self imposed ban on what books I start, until all the other books I’m reading are done. If ever there was a time to get the polyreading back on a sensible footing, then new year is it.

I am just over halfway through Marlon James’ ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, which I seem to be reading quite slowly as although it’s great, it’s very uncomfortable reading in places. People get hurt. There’s a whole lot of rape and murder, and so I’m interspersing it with slightly less brutal reading.

In my bag for lunch breaks is Jens Christian Grondahl’s ‘Silence in October’ as I love Scandinavian stuff (especially the food bit in Ikea), and I’m also reading Barbara Pym’s ‘Glass of Blessings’, and in case that’s done before the end of the year, I’ll get to Ivy Compton-Burnett’s ‘A House and its Head’. I have no idea what it’s about, it was a charity shop whim ages ago, and is not a giant book to be starting.

Next year I will dive into my Les Rougon-Macquart challenge, and read at least six of the twenty Zola novels cycle, and in January, after I enjoyed Julian Barnes’ ‘Sense of an Ending so much’, I will get onto some of his other novels. I took a day off work yesterday to just get the Christmas shopping over and done with, which wouldn’t be a big deal to other people, especially as my family is tiny (in number, not stature), but I hate Christmas shopping, and found myself retreating to the Oxfam bookshop and buying ‘Arthur and George’, as I may be restricting what I start, but I’m not restricting the buying anything new, that would be getting carried away. I’m all for goals, but they need to be realistic.