A FEW BOOKISH THOUGHTS TO OPEN A NEW READING YEAR

I’m definitely ditching Goodreads in 2022. Apart from the fact it’s a  tiresome chore to log on to the site,  hunt up my books, then label my reads with their unhelpful star rating system, at year’s end GR never, but never, get my year-end total reads figure correct.  Reverting to my Stone Age tools i.e. my Book Journal and a ballpoint pen, I keep a running total of my reads.  It never coincides with GR’s figure.

I’ve flirted with the idea of swapping over to another electronic book app, but no, I’m done with book apps. One of my friends is a whizz at spreadsheets, and will set up a comprehensive spreadsheet for me. Trick is, of course, to keep adding the data.

Yet again I will be refusing all Reading Challenges, continue  abandoning any book that does not either entertain or inform me, and rambling through the Back Lists with a happy song on my lips.

I’m also debating whether I am finished with my Read more African Writers project. Last year I won a number of books via the Goethe Institute’s generous  Virtually Yours Zoom sessions, some of which were a great success, whilst others were not. I still have two recent  Indian Ocean novels* highlighted on my Wish List, which are very tempting, but on the whole, I think I’m done with the project.

And yet again, I will dive into my TBR shelf, which is actually very modest. I’ve read recent Book Bloggers’ posts wherein they admit to a hoard of +200 books. Einah! One good thing about the wretched Pandemic is that it’s kept me away from the bookshops and Charity Book Sales. Unfortunately, the online booksellers have been very obliging.

One good innovation last year, was registering with the LIBBY system, which the Cape Town Municipal Library system joined.  Such good news to be able to read e-books without having to fall into the capacious jaws of amazon.com .  

And finishing on a happy note: friends of mine are currently in the UK, and will be making forays into the Charity Book shops, with my Wish List added to their own. I can’t wait for them to return. Whenever I read UK Book Bloggers’ accounts of picking up book bargains for 50p per book, I could weep; we have no such bargains here.

So there we have it: no grand plans or target, just happy to be able to continue reading. Happy reading to everyone!

  • House of Rust –  Khadija Abdalla Bajaber  and Blue Dragonfly Sea – Yvonne  Oadihambo 

10 thoughts on “A FEW BOOKISH THOUGHTS TO OPEN A NEW READING YEAR

  1. I get 3 for 50p, Alison from the Chatity Dhop about 25 metres from the Library at the top of my road
    I, too, flirted with Sheffield Central Library’s app. Unsuccessfully xx

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  2. Hahahah, I could have written this post. I have given up Good Reads. It gets too cumbersome. I also have a book book and a ball point pen. I actually the idea of really writing things with a pen! No challenges unless it is happening immediately and matches my mood. I just picture a large meadow with a winding path, books strewn everywhere amongst the meadow trails and I pick up what I want along the way and as the mood strikes. Reading should not be a chore. It should just be fun! I’m (I hate this phrase) on the same page. aaha😳😳😳

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  3. I used to record every book I read and many titles that I wanted to read but the list was lost and life got in the way. Now, I’m just grateful that I can still see and generous friends send me their cast-off books, which I love. No goals anymore but I now have a good journal for writing down what I’ve read. XXX

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