Each year I make a list of attainable resolutions.
Waste less (money, food, materials), drink more water, read more, walk more, don’t eat out at work, text people back promptly…
I generally keep to these and manage to improve my habits year after year. However, I also set myself unrealistic goals like ‘write a book’ or ‘travel the world’ or ‘go to the gym’ . In order to help me achieve (some) of these goals over a longer time frame, I want to focus on learning and writing more in 2018. Aside from a few translations and the online articles and content I produce for work, I am still finding myself woefully lacking in time for writing, so it’s time I made a conscious effort to improve this and set aside some precious hours. Hopefully – and I have said this many (many) times in many diaries, journals, and blog entries -I will dedicate more time to posting on this blog. We’ll see.
I am also going to sign up for more free (and perhaps some paid) talks around London. I have lived in the city for 4.5 years and have definitely not taken enough advantage of all of the exhibitions, seminars and talks available to me, so here’s to learning more in 2018.
- Read more Russian authors.
- Read more diversely (this was genuinely attempted last year and I ended up thoroughly enjoying Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and Murakami’s Norwegian Wood)
- Read more non-fiction
To read or reread this year (as usual, trying to clear my bookshelf/jenga pile of books):
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt (a book club pick)
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- El Laberinto de los Espíritus by Carloz Ruiz Zafón
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- Agatha Christie: An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
- This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar ben Jelloun
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Read in 2017 (as of 29/01/2018):
- Kill the Next One by Federico Axat
- Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher
- The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
- Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie