Books to read in 2017 – and a reading challenge

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Books to read in 2017 - 50 book reading challenge
View or save my list of recommended books to read in 2017

I’m doing the 50-Book Challenge again this year. For the challenge, you pledge to read 50 books between January and December – and the website has virtual shelves where you can view the books you’ve read, write a review, and assign star scores.  It’s visual and easy to use, and you can create extra shelves for the books ‘to be read’ and ‘currently reading’, too. Find out more and sign up here – and as I complete a raft of books for this year, I’ll put the list here on the blog along with my thoughts.

Meanwhile, I have compiled some of my 2016 favourite reads. (To see the list, click the image or click Read.) There are 25 books here, across various fiction and fact genres, and every one of them was brilliant. If you’re looking for books to read in 2017 then start here!

Having a target makes me focus on reading in every spare moment – instead of other time eaters such as flicking through my phone looking at Facebook, or, the worst, Tumblr. I love Tumblr far too much.

I read mostly on Kindle on my phone, but I do have paper books too, from the library and from my inveterate book-buying habit. The more paper books I read, the better it probably is for my sleep/eyes/neck, since I’m not hunched, peering at a blue-light screen.

I think we exist in a world of reading all day – but instead of reading 144 characters at a time, or one status update or news snippet or meme at a time, I’m choosing to read books.

I’d love to know what you’re reading right now – or what’s on your list for 2017. Do you take part in reading challenges? Let me know in the comments!



Hello 2017 and welcome, without goals

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Classic 746 Phone albeit not a proper dialling one. Owning one of these has long been one of my goals.
I cannot make this into a metaphor for goals, writing or other productivity. I just like this phone.

Today is busy with New Year’s articles and blog posts, so I’ll be brief. This is not a list of my goals for 2017, or what I think your goals might be. This is a list of things I’m looking forward to next year. Goals are good, but for a lot of people they are a negative force, creating pressure of the unhealthy kind rather than the motivational kind. Looking forward to outcomes is a gentler way to approach writing 17 instead of 16 on every cheque.*

  1. My friendversary with my bestie. We live far apart and see each other rarely, but because it celebrates a big number of years of friendship, we wanted to make this year’s meetup special  We’re talking tea at the Savoy special.
  2. Seeing my current project in the Amazon Kinde shop.
  3. Getting a dog. I’ve wanted a dog for years and maybe, maybe, this is the year.
  4. Using my new classic telephone. It’s my day job phone, in my home office, and replaces the 15-year-old ugly and crackly one I was using. I treated myself to it last week, and now love it very much. If ever I don’t need the day job, that phone is coming with me.
  5. Making more resources for my blog. I discovered Canva a couple of months ago and am now addicted.
  6. Travelling. I have some work travel lined up for January, but am also thinking about some Easter sunshine and where to go in some summer, too. I think everyone in the UK today is dreaming about sunshine and how soon they can get on a plane to go and find some.
  7. Reading new authors and new stuff from my existing favourites. I do the 50 Book Pledge every year, but the last couple of years it’s been filled with a lot of writing craft books and research reading. I want to read more fiction, specifically, fiction in my genres – light fantasy, historic and anything with a strong thread of romance. I don’t read romance but love romance and I have such trouble finding romantic books which are about more than person meets person, or more usually these days, paranormal being meets chosen one. Actually that’s it – I’m going to compile a list of books which are tremendously romantic and seek out others like them.
  8. Whoops that was a goal and I promised no goals or deadlines.
  9. Never mind, fresh start tomorrow.
  10. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.

*Cheques. I thought I was done with writing cheques, what with this being the 21st century and all, but then I sent a small child to school. Now I write cheques like it’s 1989.