Posted on | January 4, 2012 | 26 Comments
Happy New Year! I don’t tend to make many New Year resolutions but I made one this year to blog more frequently. Stepping back from blogging in 2011 was good for me as it allowed me more time to focus on my career and my personal life and it was also good for my reading. Ironically blogging had started to change the type of reader that I am and I needed to return to my reading roots. Last year I didn’t record what I read or how many books, although this was something that I had done pre-blogging, but I wasn’t being swayed by review copies, literary prize reading, challenges or blogging hype either. Returning to reading on a whim was good for me and I read for me again rather than for Paperback Reader. The only review copies I received were unsolicited ones and I was led more by my own instincts once again. Receiving a Kindle also revolutionised my reading as I felt that my reading options were limitless, rather than being limited to those books pressing for review.
The photo above shows my three favourite books of last year: one I had on my wishlist for years and received for Christmas 2010, another published last year that appealed, and one by the author of one of my all-time favourite novels, of whom I had been too afraid to read anything else. I think these books reflect a more balanced approach to reading that I had been missing.
However, I have also missed aspects of blogging and resolved to dip my toe gently back into it. Today has been the first day of 2012 that I have actually read anything and that was inspired by the Australian Literature Month being hosted by Kim(bofo) of Reading Matters; in the maddening throes of a reading slump where nothing would stick in the last week of 2011 and nothing was picked up in the first few days of 2012, I decided to throw caution to the wind and read something Australian. Hopefully Cloudstreet by Tim Winton grips me and doesn’t let me go until the last page.