I am intent on reading 52 books in 2018 and ever since I hatched this plan pre-Xmas I have been collecting recommendations onto my special wish list at Amazon which I perused last weekend thinking it must be some time for a decent novel, after January spent with three “work” books and then a bumper crime novel.
There were plenty of good choices there but none took my fancy. One of them had been recommended to me AGES ago by Sally K when we had been in a virtual book club together and I’d always had it in the back of my mind, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series of three which starts with Book 1 called My Brilliant Friend.
Sally wasn’t the only brilliant friend to recommend this series; when I had lunch with my oldest school friend Leslie earlier in January, we mooched through her Kindle together (she reads A LOT) and she also recommended Elena Ferrante and this series of three.
Despite both of those recommendations, I still hesitated. Then, first thing on Saturday morning, Leslie emailed me from Bilbao having read this on the Guardian and the rest is history. I took it as a sign, of course I did, and I immediately downloaded the sample. And now this will be my 5th book of the year (that bumper crime novel put me a week behind!)
Another strange little thought occurred to me when I was just nipping into CreateSpace to see how many books I’ve sold in the print version in February (3) and Selz (2), total 5 in less than 6 days, not bad… I wondered if the more books I read, the more the Big U would return my dedication to the writing of others in sales of mine?? Barking, I know. Woof!
Anyhow, I’m going to catalogue my reading journey in 2018 here on my blog as much as anything as a way of reminding myself about all the great reading experiences and the joy of whiling away time in the pursuit of literature and entertainment and being inspired as a writer too.
- Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within by Janet Conner £7.39 With this book I am beginning (again) a daily spiritual journalling practice
- Creating the Impossible: How to Get Any Project Out of Your Head and into the World in Less Than 90 Days by Michael Neill £7.91 Published on 2nd Jan so I doubled up on a couple of the days in the first week of January to get it to match the days of the year. Once an accountant, always an accountant. Michael’s book is triggering miracles of all sizes in my writing life.
- You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins (already on my Kindle) Some extra nagging from Jeff.
- The Quiet Game (Penn Cage Novels Book 1) by Greg Iles £1.99 641 bumper pages so it took two weeks, first half was VERY SLOW, that man was lucky I stuck with him but the second half made it more than worthwhile and I look forward to the rest of the series and have added books 2-6 to my wish list. I’ll have to eke those out at a rate of 1.5 per reading “term” otherwise I’ll never get anything done around these parts!
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante £6.29 Downloaded a sample and it grabbed me in the way a book should. I ignored Sally and Leslie for too long.
- A Shift Toward Abundance by Millen Livis £2.12 as recommended by Sarah Arrow. 74 pages.
- Patreon Success by H.J. Thompson £1.99. 31 pages. My clients are interested in Patreon. So am I.
I’ll come back and update this post with books 8-13 by way of documenting my own journey; that’ll be the first quarter of 2018. I was going to call that Spring, but what with this snow (!) I’m not so sure.
If you are a reader and love it as much as I do, please feel free to leave me recommendations in the comments below. At the time of writing, there’s plenty more room on my list.