Reading and writing in 2015 will hopefully be a lot better than 2014. If you don’t already know, I set myself 51 books to read in 2014 and was only able to read 33 (35 if you include two quarterly essays). As for writing, I made a great start, but didn’t write as much as I wanted to, or on a wide range of topics as I wanted to.
So, for 2015, I’ve become much, much more organised. I’ve chosen a smaller target, 35 book, but I have also written a list of over 100 books to chose from. I’ve also decided to focus a lot on classics, most notably, Albert Camus, James Joyce, Graham Greene, George Eliot, and some ancient classics from Homer.
Along with classics, I’ve decided to emerge myself in poetry. After looking through several critics’ best reads of 2014, there was a lot of poetry. Some examples from my list are Dante’s The Divine Comedy (translated by Clive James), Clive James’ Poetry Notebook, and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.
Merged in with classics, fiction, non-fiction, and literature criticism, I’ve decided to also take part of Book Riots Read Harder Challenge. The list consists of 24 dot-points (an average of two per month) that hopes to inspire readers to “pick up books that represent experiences, places, and cultures that might be different from your own.” It is also a challenge that will get people to explore topics, formats, and genres that people would not otherwise try. Will you give it a go?
Book Riots Read Harder Challenge:
(Rachel’s links to what might help you find books to fit the tasks.)
- A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
- A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
- A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
- A book published by an indie press
- A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
- A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
- A book that takes place in Asia
- A book by an author from Africa
- A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
- A microhistory
- A YA novel
- A sci-fi novel
- A romance novel
- A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
- A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
- An audiobook
- A collection of poetry
- A book that someone else has recommended to you
- A book that was originally published in another language
- A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
- A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
- A book published before 1850
- A book published this year
- A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
As for writing in 2015, I hope to bring you more. More reviews, more local history articles and stories, and hopefully some travel stories from my time in the United States (If you don’t want to wait, click on the Shutter Bug tab which will take you to my girlfriends photo blog that has photos and descriptions of our travels).
Good luck with all your goals in 2015.
Book Tally for 2015:
- Hilary Mantel, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. (Read Harder Challenge – Point 1)
- David Malouf, The Writing Life
- Geordie Williamson, The Burning Library
- Robert Dessaix, What Days Are For. (Read Harder Challanege – Point 5)