One of my resolutions for this year is simply to read more! To help me with that goal, and because I love making lists, I made a reading list for this coming year. I've gotten off to a good start, finding my reading appetite quite large at present. I have already finished The Boundless, a young adult novel by a best-selling Canadian author, Kenneth Oppel, and I jumped right back into Possession, which I previously started for book club, and I'm happy to finally be finishing it. It feels right to read it in the Winter. I also read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo last week and have been browsing through and referring to the companion book, Spark Joy, as I dive head first into getting my house in order. I started reading Marina Keegan's essays and short stories in The Opposite of Loneliness last summer, (after weeping through the introduction), and will finish them this year. Lady Catherine, the Earl, and The Real Downton Abbey, The Tiger Rising, The Secret History, and Letters to a Young Poet are all works by authors I've previously read and loved. I know and adore Julian Fellowes as an actor in the Scottish TV series Monarch of the Glen and most famously as the creator of Downton Abbey, so I'm looking forward to reading his novel Snobs, which came recommended by a good friend. Anne Lamott and Alexander McCall Smith are authors whose works I've been wanting to read for some time, so I've got a book by each of them on my list. I will forever love children's lit, so I have several classic works in the queue for this year, The Little Prince, A Little Princess, A Wrinkle in Time, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Miniaturist, The Elegance of the Hedgehog and H is for Hawk are best-sellers that have caught my attention. And I added the short novella The Uncommon Reader after seeing it on a JK Rowling reading list. Summer will bring about my book club, so I'm leaving room for that, maybe I can get a title or two from my list onto the club list! And I would like to explore another poet, suggestions?
Other books I hope to read this year include The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien, Lit by Mary Karr, a little memoir and collection of essays by Robert Louis Stevenson called Across the Plains and Best Loved Yeats, both of which I picked up in Ireland last summer. What else do you recommend my friends? What is on your reading list for the coming year? Do tell!