Happy New Year! Hope you all had a really good festive season 🙂 Mine was spent with family, friends and a lot of food and drink!
Did you read any good books over Christmas? Throughout the year, I like to keep a log of all the books I’ve read. I do this partly because I’ll forget what I’ve read if I don’t and because I like to make sure that I read at least thirty books a year. As an aspiring writer, it’s very important that I keep reading a wide variety of fiction plus it’s a huge passion of mine too (always has been!).
Anyway, I thought I’d share my 2012 booklist here, with my favourites in bold type.
1. The Sirens of Baghdad by Yasmina Khadra
2. The Aspern Papers by Henry James
3. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
4. The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick
5. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
6. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
7. Mrs. Dewinter by Susan Hill
8. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
9. Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo
10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
11. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
12. Sister by Rosamund Lupton
13. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
14. The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
15. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling (reread)
17. Jamrach’s Menargarie by Carol Birch
18. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
19. Stormswept by Helen Dunmore
20. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
21. White by Rosie Thomas
22. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
23. Possession by A.S Byatt
24. The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling
25. Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
26. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
27. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
28. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
29. Solar by Ian McEwan
30. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
31. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling (reread)
(Plus many, many magazine short stories and a few very short children’s books for research.)
So, there you go! Here’s to a whole new year of reading 🙂 And writing of course. I’ve been having a good think about some writing resolutions – I’m going to keep them quite quick, simple, and hopefully realistic too…
1. To write more short stories and have at least twenty stories ‘out there’ at any one time.
2. To enter more short story competitions.
3. To have a first draft of my children’s book finished by the end of the year (that’s the big one…)
4. To read more ‘How to Write’ books.
Anyway, I wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous new year – hope it brings good things to us all 🙂