Erin Green Author - blog
One of the glorious and nerdy aspects of my personality is planning. I can plan for England! And, the best bit is that for 95% of the time I stick to the plan - unless I spy a great opportunity!
2022 hasn’t been a great year regarding my enjoyment of reading – I’ve encountered some highs and lows throughout the year. My reading became stagnant at times as I couldn't get into the title I'd chosen. I detest 'not finishing' a book so imagine being confronted with several 'DNF'.
I prefer to read as a reader, gaining enjoyment from every page and not read as an author! If you know, you’ll know what I mean by that quote. Anyway, I fully intend for 2023 to be a good year of reading, where I return to embracing every book with which I decide to spend time. I literally see my reading time as such, my decision to spend time with a specific author/title because time is the most precious thing I have. I’m tired of being talked into reading a book that others are raving about, the obligatory reading of a current bestseller or worse still, the book that’s about to be made into a film (because we all know its ruined forever afterwards, apart from a few exceptions).
In 2023, I’m taking back the reigns regarding my beloved hobby. My daily reading time is mine and mine alone, so I’ll be choosing the material! No ifs, no buts, unless I ask you for a recommendation – in which case you are blessed, as I obviously hold you in high regard!
My main book challenge for each month:
January – a much loved reread (no, not Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) - Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding - read.
February – a long overdue bonkbuster novel by the Queen of bonkbusters - Riders - Jilly Cooper - read
March – a book by George Eliot
April – a return to my beloved Austen (yes, a P&P reread) - read a million times since I was 14.
May – a book by my beloved Dickens - Oliver Twist
June – a biography of a hero - Charlie Chaplin
July - a children's classic
August - a sci-fi book
September - begin an epic tome
It goes without saying that there will be other books read during each month, but those will be chosen on a whim from my extensive ‘to-be-read’ pile/bookcase.