I don't tend to make New Year's Resolutions. However, a conscious aim I do have this year, is to read more books. When I was a schoolgirl, I never had a book out of my hand. I would walk to the library and be so excited by the armful of books I was carrying home, that I would start to read them right there, walking slowly down the street. I always wonder what the passing cars must have thought of me.
But with the digital age, books have been getting left behind in my life. My time seems to go into maintaining the blog. As well as other hobbies I suppose, like crochet, baking, eating out, cinema, travel...and many others. But I really want to find some good books that can really take me away, transport me to another world. And so, I would love to hear your suggestions, if you have any?
I work at a newspaper, twice a year there is a book sale where the books are sold for charity that have been sent in for review. They get sold at a ridiculous price of 50p or £1 for hardbacks, so I have built up quite a collection over the years I have worked there. Sometimes I will buy books that aren't necessarily what I would usually read...but for 50p it doesn't really matter!
So the top three in the photograph above are bought from the book sale and the bottom is the fantastic coffee table book that I received for Christmas. These reference books are often my favourite types of books, as I never tire of looking through the pages over and over, taking in as much detail as I possibly can. The Selby is such a visual photographer, there is always so much to look at in his photographs, so this is definitely a book I would recommend.
And especially this year, I would like to read books that will expand my mind. I have a particular fascination with Simone de Beavoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, so would like to read more from them. In fact, I found a very interesting interview today with de Beavoir. An interview which offers a brief glimpse into her world all those years ago, very much as our blogs give us today.