For as long as I can remember, my family has had three Christmas traditions: a standing rib roast and Yorkshire puddings for Christmas dinner, not-so-sneakily buying each other gifts we would immediately ‘borrow’, and visiting the local bookshop the day after Christmas. From Borders (RIP) and Vromans in Los Angeles, to Hatchards and Waterstones here in the UK, Bookshop Day has always been a favorite part of Christmas. I always prefer to go in with only a vague list and bright eyes, prepared to wander down the aisles and discover something new. There’s only one problem: I rarely, if ever, read down the Bookshop Day/Christmas present stack.
In comes my major project for the year. I will read every single book I received for Christmas and bought on Bookshop Day before Christmas of 2017. I will not buy any more books until this has been achieved (note: between the writing and posting of this blog, I have broken this rule). It sounds silly, but I still have books from past Christmases and bookshop trips that I’ve just never gotten around to reading. I’m easily distracted; I jump from genre to genre, fall in love with one author or series and completely lose sight of everything else.
Anyway this book list consists of:
- Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
- The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
- The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov
- Debs at War by Anne De Courcey
- The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
- All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
- The Viceroy’s Daughters by Anne De Courcey
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- The Race by Nina Allen
- The Last Bus to Woodstock: Colin Dexter
I’m probably putting someone’s kid through college (Instagram: @ishouldreadthis)
As if this isn’t daunting enough, I also plan to finish the Wheel of Time series this year (nine books down, five to go), diversify my reading with new genres and authors. I tend to read a lot of white dudes who set their books in fantasylands that mysteriously resemble medieval Europe. More women, more authors and characters of color, and more genres please!
What are your reading resolutions for 2017?