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New Year’s Resolution

To read the pile of books beside my bed:

Almost all of the tomes are improving. There are many worthy presents (I did not buy “Great Irish Lives” myself), a few bookclub books I still haven’t finished (“33 Moments of Happiness”, I have been looking at you since 1998) and things I found in the bargain basement in Hodges Figgis that I knew, even at the time of purchase, were going to prove challenging (“Ladysmith”, really, why?).

I aim to polish them all off. Except for “Map of the Nation” which is Mr. Waffle’s and I am not going to read it, I know my limitations. And Saki, Father Brown and Myles are what I read at night when I have nothing else on and they are going to stay there forever but everything else is fair game.

9 Responses to “New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Kara Says:

    Ooh, start with the Amy Tan! Love. And, funny, when glancing around the pile, seeing titles sideways and with a little bit of blur, at first I thought that Sexual Paradox said Sexual Handbook. Ha! And what was my instantaneous thought? Brave woman, I think I would have been less than honest about the contents of my “to-read” pile and scooted that out of the picture. 🙂 Sexual Paradox sounds much less, um, instructive. So, not embarrassing, if you follow.

    Oh and by the way, I haven’t commented in a long time, but I’ve been checking in. And just today I thought of you when I was listening to NPR. . .I remember a while ago when you did a post about listening to podcasts and I recommended This American Life. Today when I was listening to NPR I thought “I need to recommend this one to BelgianWaffle as well.” It was Radiolab. Have you heard of it? I haven’t listened to it much (in fact, I don’t think I’ve caught a whole episode yet; but then again I think it’s fairly new), so I can’t give it the full recommendation that I gave This American Life. But the bits and pieces that I’ve heard have been very interesting, and I thought you might think so too. It’s at http://www.radiolab.org

  2. Sarah Says:

    I have finally finished AS Byatt’s The Children’s Book (don’t try, it’s not worth it). Now I can start on my Christmas presents – The Martin Beck series and the Wallander series. I have until March 31st, which is when the last Wallander novel is published in english.

    The Wallander books are on the Kindle, so I don’t have as big a book stack as you…

  3. CAD Says:

    I now feel much less intimidated by the much smaller stack of books beside my bed. But unfortunately it contains The Children’s Book (since before last Christmas) so now I also feel discouraged, Sarah. Ah well, maybe it will get read sometime before next Christmas

  4. WOL Says:

    I’m currently on the second of the four “Tuesday Next” series by Jasper Fford (hilarious!). I have downloaded the first “Outlander” book by Diana Gabaldon, all three “Scarlet Pimpernel” books, some RLS and P.G. Wodehouse to my Kindle. I’ve got the second 10 Terry Pratchet “Diskworld” books in the queue (I’ve finished the first 10) as well as three books by Kazuo Ishiguro, including “Never Let Me Go,” the one they just made a film off. I figure that’ll do me at least til the end of February. . .

  5. admin Says:

    Kara, how delightful to hear from you. I too was thinking about you in what can only be called delightful symmetry. I was listening to the latest American Life episode and thinking that without doubt this was the best thing that had been recommended to me on the radio ever. Such was my enthusiasm that I was going to email you and ask for further suggestions. But you have pre-empted me – the politeness of North Americans continues to be a source of wonder. I will go to it. I might start on the Amy Tan too.

    Excellent advice Sarah, C, will skip AS Byatt. Very wise.

    WOL, in an example of shameless namedropping I can tell you that my sister-in-law used to be an editor at Hodder and I got all of the Jasper Fforde books free in consequence. It’s all glamour here. She says he’s a very nice man too. I loved them at first but in the end, I just got a bit tired and confused. Love Discworld too. Curious about Diana Gabaldon, haven’t heard of her. The Kazuo Ishiguro book is really terrific, I think. My favourite book of his – really curious to see what they will do with it for the film.

  6. Sarah Says:

    CAD, do read The Children’s Book and tell me I’m an idiot. Maybe I missed the point (I struggled to find one…).

    However, I liked the shorter tales in Sugar and Other Stories, so maybe I can only deal with her in small doses…

  7. CAD Says:

    Will do! I read Possession and Babel Tower, eons ago, and liked them, in so much as I understood them. First I have to deal with The Room for book club!

  8. belgianwaffle » Reading Says:

    […] Volume 2 of the series which began with “Over Sea, Under Stone”. Oh, the disappointment. All dull fantasy (and I don’t object to fantasy, just dull fantasy), none of the lovely seaside holiday feel of the last book and only one character carried over and that one among the least engaging. I think I will be leaving the rest of the series alone. “JPod” by Douglas Coupland [New Year's Resolution Pile] […]

  9. belgianwaffle » Reading Says:

    […] A series of autobiographical essays, vaguely reminiscent of W.G. Sebald, except that I enjoyed them. The essays are full of nostalgia for the 40s, 50s and 60s which I found very appealing. They are very readable though about hard ideas so they make you feel clever. Always welcome. The one about French intellectuals is the best. “Decca, The Letters of Jessica Mitford” edited by Peter Sussman [New Year's resolution list] […]

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