The Book Resolution

The Book Resolution

Hello out there, happy Monday to you. It is sooooooo dark here in Ireland it’s hard to tell one end of a day from another.  I’m really longing for bright mornings now and thoughts are turning, slowly, to the garden and what we’re going to plant this year.  In the meantime I’m thinking it might be a good idea to get a head start on my book resolution.

As you may know from the ‘My Year in Books’ section on the blog I have resolved to read a book every month of the year.  To some this will seem like a lot and to others, myself included, it seems like very little but the reality is that while I used to be a voracious reader I’ve fallen behind in recent years so this kind of reboot is exactly what I need to get me going again!

Since announcing my book resolution a few cool things have happened…

First I got invited to join a great book club only to find they meet in daylight hours which is impossible for me what with the non driving, no car plus pre-school children conundrum.  Still though it was really nice to be asked : )

Secondly I was thrilled when best selling Irish author Orna Ross contacted me and offered to send one of her books for my challenge!  I’m not sure what she is going to send but here is a sample of titles that fired my imagination (click on the book images for more information)  I really like the sound of Orna’s books and look forward to reading…






Another book I’m going to read after watching the movie again over Christmas is ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell.

I’ve always loved the movie and intended to read the book which I’ve heard is excellent so I’m also looking forward to that one…

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Finally for now and on a completely different note my sister Martha recommended that I read Lewis Carrolls ‘Alice’ books and I think I will as the artistic/clever/nonsensical style appeals to me also…

alice in wonderland
This great vintage style print comes from a shop called ‘Circle Wall Art’ on Etsy. Click HERE to visit.


Have you read any of these books and what did you think?  I feel this is a good mix of styles to get me started but I’m still open to suggestions?  After all I need at least nine more titles to get me out of this dark and to the end of the year : )

Chat soon


8 thoughts on “The Book Resolution”

  • What a great plan! I too have fallen on the wayside about reading books… I think I’ve only read 2 books this past year! But am ready to get going again… 7 books currently piled beside the bed 🙂


    • Thanks Margaret, here’s hoping it works! When I say 12 books in a year it doesn’t sound like much but when I look back and count up what I’ve read it’s a tiny amount! I found adding the ‘currently reading’ feature to the blog a great motivator!

  • I read about 3 or 4 books minimum a week Jane. I read very fast and still take in the fabness of a story.

    Currently reading Terry Pratchett because I love the whimsy of his writing.

    I had fun looking through a lot of healthy cookbooks from the library and now have a whole new approach to cooking and eating this year.

    I LOVE my library here in Cabra. Only 10 mins walk away [I don’t drive either] and full of brilliant books.

    I’d enjoy reading about your plans for your vege and herb and flower garden. I’m still a newbie at growing and knowing when to plant stuff.


    • Wow that is some fast reading! We’ve had some success in the garden this past few years but still very much ‘newbies’ too. Two years ago we had an amazing crop, broccoli, potatoes, peas, courgettes, beetroot, cabbbage, sprouts, cabbage, onions, spring onions, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, herbs and strawberries unfortunately our plastic green house (we used it to get everything started off before planting out) blew away and last year we had less success as a result! The hares and slugs got nearly everything bar the potatoes and onions but we’ve been saving for a new/better greenhouse so this year should be better! I’m really looking forward to it and to sharing our adventures, cannot wait for Spring : )

  • I made a New Year’s resolution about 4 years ago to read every day for pleasure. Mostly, that is in the 10 minutes before I go to sleep at night. But I do it almost every day and it has been awesome.

    I will have to check out Orna Ross, but the others look good. Gone with the Wind is something you will only read once (probably). For modern authors, I would recommend Jojo Moyes. I’ve read some good young adult novels this past year – David Levithan’s Every Day, John Green’s Looking for Alaska, Laura Jarratt’s Skin Deep being three of them. For light reading, Nora Roberts always writes well. Contemporary urban fantasy – Patricia Briggs.

    Happy reading!

  • Hi Jane,

    I happened upon your beautiful and thought inspiring blog from a link on the because I’m a girl blog. Loved your Because I’m a girl blog, and really enjoyed having a browse around your blog page.


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