I’m so pleased Laura is running The Year in Books link-up again this year. It was thanks to the 2014 project that I discovered ways to put a small amount of reading for pleasure, rather than work back into my daily life – a poem here, a letter there, and a short chapter in between, repeat day after day and I was soon back in the ‘habit’ of reading again.
Reigniting my teenage poetry reading flame has been an absolute joy! Dipping back into favourite old volumes and reading from new ones has brought a lot of pleasure, so whilst out pottering in Foyles and The London Review Bookshop, I treated myself to the new selection of Seamus Heaney’s later poetry along with couple of Ted Hughes collection, one of poetry and the other of his letters. Seamus Heaney featured back in October, and if you’ve been reading the blog for a while you may remember the connection I have to Ted Hughes, albeit a small one!
I also found a copy of Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry in my Christmas stocking but it’s unlikely I’ll get to this before February so I’ll hold that one back for now.
The Year in Books not only got me back into the habit of reading again, but also back in the habit of visiting bookshops again, and following Laura’s example, I too am making a 2015 pledge to only buy books from independent bookshops. Obviously this will mean returning to some old favourites, but I am also planning on visiting a few new ones and thought it would be fun to report back to you with mini-reviews of bookshops I find around town.
Right, back to the sofa and the company of Mr Hughes I think!
Happy 2015 reading to you all.