Thursday, 21 June 2018

Resolution Reflection: The Halfway Point

Back in January I gave myself reading targets for 2018. I wanted them to be challenging but not impossible, so I came up with 3 which were easily memorable and were within sight of achieving. Now that we’re halfway through the year it’s time for some reflection and to check in with how I’m doing.

Reduce my TBR by 50%

At the beginning of the year, I had 108 books on my physical TBR. Whilst my ultimate goal is a 0 TBR, I knew that that goal would be slightly pushing it considering my likelihood of acquiring books at a quicker rate than reading them (I then started working in a bookshop which is highly, highly dangerous). Currently, my physical TBR stands at 50 books, so in one way, success! A main contributing factor to this has been brutal unhauling, because I realised I was hanging onto books that I wasn’t excited about and life is too short for that. However, we are only 6 months through the year and it hasn’t yet been my birthday, so maintaining the 50% TBR is going to present more of a challenge.

Read 10% of books in German

Oh dear. I have read exactly one book this year in German and it was Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, which I really disliked. The problem with reading in German is that it takes up more energy and can feel less like an enjoyable thing and more like a chore. Having said that, I’ve had a few conversations in German recently which have made me realise just how downhill my language skills have gone, and reading is the perfect antidote to this. So I just need to take my own advice and knuckle down with the German Harry Potters on my shelf - which doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

Read 2 Agatha Christies a month

So far this year, I have read 4 Agatha Christie books: Murder at the Vicarage, By the Pricking of My Thumbs, Hickory Dickory Dock, and The Clocks. The only month I managed to read the required 2 Christies was February, but I’ve currently read 1 in June so I could be on track for a second successful month. I am notoriously bad at acquiring Agatha Christie books faster than I can read them, because I tend to just pick them up when I see them in charity shops. It’s about time I crack the tower of unread Christies so I’m going to step up and aim once again for 2 a month.

Overall, it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but I’m confident that I will have achieved these goals by the end of the year. The reduction of my TBR is most important to me, so it’s pleasing that this is the goal I’ve done most well at!

Did you make any reading resolutions at the beginning of the year? How are they going? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading,


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Readabilitea's Essential Reads: Nonfiction

Now that I work in the nonfiction hub of a bookshop, the quantity and type of nonfiction I read has been more on my mind than usual. As well as compiling lists of nonfiction I want to read in the future, I’ve been thinking of staple nonfiction reads that I would happily recommend to anyone and everyone. Whatever your particular interests, I think these are books that you can gain a lot from, and they might even lead you down a new path of thought that would have otherwise been ignored.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Title: Our Kind of Cruelty

Author: Araminta Hall

Pages: 368 pages

Publication: 3rd May 2018 by Century

1 line synopsis: Mike and Verity’s game of obsessive love gets out of hand and ends in murder.

*Thank you to Century for providing me with a proof copy in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Publishing Masters: Semester 2 Reflection

And just like that, my Masters is over (aside from my dissertation which I’m deliberately not mentioning). Can you believe that? Can you believe that I now have to be a fully-functioning adult? Help!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Why I Organise My Bookshelves by Publisher (and why you should give it a go too)

There are many ways to organise your bookshelves: A-Z by author, colour-coded for those #shelfiesunday ‘grams, separated by genre or just plonked on the shelves. At some point in my life, my shelves have been organised in all of these ways, but I’ve never been happy with them. Until now.

After watching a video on Leena Norms’ YouTube channel, I decided to take the rogue option of organising my bookshelves by publisher, and I haven’t looked back since. For me, it is the best way to sort my books and I’m here to tell you why you should give it go a too.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Book Review: Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Title: Conversations With Friends

Author: Sally Rooney

Pages: 321

Publication: 25th May 2017 by Faber and Faber

1 line synopsis: Frances, a 21 year old writer, gets entangled with an older married couple along with her best friend/ex-girlfriend

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Book Review: When I Hit You, Or A Portrait of a Writer as a Young Wife

Title: When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as Young Wife

Author: Meena Kandasamy

Pages: 256

Publication: 4th May 2017 by Atlantic Books

1 line synopsis: a brutal look at domestic abuse within a marriage

TW: domestic abuse, rape