I finally have a new laptop! It’s pretty gorgeous and runs super fast, I’m really happy with it. I can now get on with blogging regularly again and I shall be able to get things done much more quickly on this new computer.
So, this year I decided against new year resolutions and instead decided to work on adjusting my attitude to life and giving myself some good rules to follow (read my attitude adjustment list /rules for life here). I tried to keep them fairly fluid and easy to stick to for the most part. I tend to over plan (and over think) EVERYTHING to the point where either I don’t get anything done at times Or I end up giving myself so much to do, that I stress myself out and make myself ill. One of the things on my list was to read more, something that I did a lot less of in 2012 for the first time ever and I missed it. I have pulled aside a bunch of books from my bookshelf that I have not yet read and I will pick and choose from these as I please. I am not giving myself a set number of books to read per month or throughout the year. I am not going to force myself to read the whole book if I’m not enjoying it (something that I usually do) and I’m not going to feel bad if I don’t read anything for days or weeks on end (again, something that I usually do). I have somehow lost the joy of reading lately and I don’t know why. It may be because I have been plugged into my mp3 player too much, or because I have been lent books that I then feel I MUST read and it takes the joy out of them. Also, sometimes I feel I should be doing something more productive than reading and feel guilty for it, so then I don’t do it. Whatever the reason, I am definitely switching off the DVD player, packing away the mp3 player and hiding my Nintendo DS for a while until I pick up the reading habit once more and hopefully find that sheer joy I once did whenever I got lost in a good book.
Here’s the books I pulled aside to read from mine and the Mr’s collection, quite a bit to be getting on with. They include, ‘JPod’ by Douglas Coupland (I recommend the TV adaptation of this, it’s great), ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ by Michel Faber, ‘The Selfish Gene’ by Richard Dawkins and Aldous Huxley’s ‘The Doors of Perception’ and lots more! I may add to them throughout the year with books from the library or books I pick up in charity shops.
I also have a couple of comics to get through, ‘Bear’ by Jamie Smart, I borrowed it from Tigz but I’m only halfway through. The problem is, it’s so damn good that I don’t want to finish it because then it will be over. Yeah, I know, stupid. I also have the first issue of a comic created by my friend Jeremy that I have yet to read called ‘Bearlands’ (spot a theme?). I’m already behind as other issues have since been released. I’m currently reading ‘Inventing the Victorians’ by Matthew Sweet, a book I borrowed from Rockalily Cuts the last time I was in there. I’m really enjoying it so far, it’s a real eye opener.I’m thinking that I might do a little roundup and book review every few months, it’s something that Kayla over at The Dainty Squid did last year and I really enjoyed it. Are you planning on reading more this year? What kind of books do you enjoy? I’d love to hear from you.
Anyhoo, that’s all for now. As always, I thank you kindly for reading.