Although the year is not over I have achieved my goal (to read more books). Since I keep a record of the books I have read with dates, it is easy to compare how many I read last year with this year’s total so far. In 2013 I read 17 books and gave up on The Poisonwood Bible. Between October 2013 and February 2014 I have not recorded any books I read. I wonder whether this is a seasonal effect. It is a struggle to read books at present, although I am reading blogs, magazines and other printed matter.
In 2014, so far I have read 21 books – fiction, cartoons, memoirs, Christian books, secular books and non-fiction. Some of them are reviewed on my other blog.
I am also part way through 4 others. The books I am currently reading are not ones to read at a sitting. One is about writing poetry in the form of examples in verse, many being humorous. It is How to be Well-versed in Poetry edited by E. O. Parrott (Penguin 1991). I bought it second-hand five months ago, dipped into it first and then began at the beginning.
I have reached page 191 out of 257+ (I have read the glossary, which starts on page 259). This book is old enough to have a blank page on page 258, which does not have any words on it. “This page has intentionally been left blank” is surely a contradiction in terms!
I am also about halfway through Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey. It is subtitled, Whatever happened to the good news? This is another fashion. Books have had titles probably from the time they appeared between covers and probably on scrolls too! But subtitles? People are so busy now that they are not expected to read the blurb or reviews (or even the genre in the bookshop, whether analogue or digital).
Of the three books I downloaded to my Kindle app a few weeks ago, I have read two and am struggling with the third. I approached it with some prejudices, which may be hindering me. In any case it is intended to be read a chapter a day. Some days I forget!
My fourth book is the one that the Ladies’ Bible study group is using this term. It is Let’s Study Philippians by Sinclair B Ferguson. This is also a book to read slowly – two chapters a week is taking us the whole term.
As I read something from the Bible every day, I have not included that in my list for either year. I consult the dictionary and reference books too. We had to throw out a Scrabble reference book as we had worn it out! Fortunately its replacement is more useful, with meanings as well as lists of words. It is Collins Scrabble Dictionary.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution? How did it turn out? For Christians there is an extra New Year’s Day. The Church’s year begins on Advent Sunday. This year it is 29 November. Perhaps we should be considering whether we need to make any resolutions for the next year.
Post Script: The Daily Post has come up with this prompt almost a month after I published this.