It’s the first Sunday Salon of 2010 – so this would be the time to declare my New Year’s resolutions, had I any. Following last year’s abysmal failure to read any book acquisition within a month, I shan’t be trying that again. Neither will I attempt a book buying embargo. It’s like going on a diet – which I first did (too many years ago to tell). I’m now twice the size I was then. Well, almost but not quite. However, my TBR is at least 6 times the size it was when I first tried an embargo. It’s simply a fact of life. I’ve run out of space. More and more Stuck-in-the-Book’s challenge of buying only 24 books during 2010 looks like an acceptable compromise. Only I’d fail miserably. Attendance at Glasgow’s AyeWrite and the Edinburgh Book Festivals alone would put paid to that. Maybe I shouldn’t go? Aye, that’d be right!
So no resolutions about acquisitions. However,in 2010 I am going to focus more on the treasures in my TBR. I’m hoping that choosing an immediate TBR at the beginning of each month will concentrate my thoughts on the books in hand rather than those recommended by fellow bloggers and book discussion forums which one-click ordering makes too easy to acquire.
Let’s try this for the first three months of 2010. Instead of purchasing online on a whim, I’m going to simply add desired books to my wishlist. I’ve already savagely pruned it so that the starting count is a relatively modest 80. How long will it be by the end of March?
As for January, my mind is, following my recent trip to the States, still on the other side of the Atlantic. I’m also more obsessed than usual with the Scottish weather. These pictures explain it all.
These preoccupations are reflected my initial “short”list for 2010.
The Weather: Dirty Snow – Simenon / Love begins in Winter – Simon van Booy
From the USA: Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson / Miss Thing – Nora Chassler / Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem / Brooklyn – Colm Toibin / Louisa May Alcott, The Woman Behind Little Women – Harriet Reisen
Moving down to Mexico – The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver / The Poison that Fascinates – Jennifer Clement
Face-to-face book group choice: Poor Mercy – Jonathan Falla
Online readalong: The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass (Part One)
I also have two books on order: Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde / Neverland – Simon Crump