Although I've never had much faith in New Year's resolutions, I did vow this year to read more books. This is in part because I have the time, now that I've graduated, and also because there are stacks upon stacks of unread books slowly engulfing my room. Despite lending as many as I could part with to friends, I'm running out of space. My books come from second-hand stores, flea markets, and most often, the treasure trove that is Value Village. Buying used copies made building up my ridiculously large collection far too easy and I highly recommend this method if you have the same buy-now/read-later mentality.
The pile above features my goals for only the next few months, but you can be sure that the list will grow. Right now it includes:
- A whole lot of Kafka: The Castle, The Trial and Amerika
- Devil in a Blue Dress, a mystery by Walter Mosley
- The Empire Writes Back: I've read excerpts from this book in my post-colonial literature classes. Now I have the time for the whole thing.
- The Handmaid's Tale, from the Margaret Atwood canon that I've barley dipped my feet into.
- The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. A bit dated, but I think there will probably be a lot of still-relevant observations about the beauty industry.
- The Violet Bakery Cookbook, by Claire Ptak, owner of the Violet bakery in London. Mostly recipes, but also a lot of valuable pieces on simple ingredients and beautifully coloured photographs.
- 501 Great Writers, edited by Julian Patrick. This one will inevitably lead to more books to read this year.
Along with immersing myself into print, I'll be keeping busy with a few other creative projects this year. Those will be added to the site sooner rather than later. More than ever, I am excited to have very few expectations for 2016 and instead enjoy the wide open field of possibilities ahead.
What are you reading in 2016? Do we have any similar endeavours? Share in the comment section below or send me a tweet!
*Header photo is taken from The Only Lovers Left Alive, where an immortal Tilda Swinton lives my dream of having literally centuries to catch up on reading.