Blimey that might be one of the longest titles of a blog post in the history of Savidge Reads, it does nicely sum up the mild sense of panic I have as the festive season looms ever nearer though. In a weeks time Christmas will have been and gone (phew, Boxing Day is my favourite festive day) and in under two weeks we will have said goodbye to 2015. It is at this time of year when I start to look back, look at the present and look to the future and have a mini book breakdown. Why have I piles of books to review that I still haven’t done? Why did I not read x, y and z book this year? What are my favourite books of the year? What do I want 2016 to hold for me book and reading wise? And it goes on and on. Breathe. Let’s take stock and chat about it, I have even made an agenda that is how organised and how desperate these times are, ha!
Item One: Reviews
I have piles and piles of books that I have yet to review. I am also a real stickler for trying to review all the books I read in the year, that I want to review as some you just don’t, going into the New Year with a clean slate. I like a New Year to be like a new notebook, pristine and ready for scribbling, which is why I can’t start a new year halfway through a book. I am aware this is some kind of madness. I am also making ‘break with old habits’ one of my general resolutions, and so whilst the new book for a new year stays as is, the review thing can go out the window (with a coat because it is quite chilly) to be honest. Because there has to be method in my madness I will be saving some reviews till the paperbacks come out, the rest I will either round up, bin off (because I don’t have much to say) or be up and live before the year is out. That is called ‘letting go’, albeit slowly.
Item Two: The Great Christmas Cull of 2015
I can’t pretend I have made my mind up of all my reading resolutions for 2015 BUT I am formulating some ideas in my head, loose ones. Something I think might help that is a big old book cull. I know, it is painful and really I could double stack a considerable amount more books yet I think for clarity, and possibly sanity, maybe I should be able to see all the spines and actually know what books I own and have space for more. I want to use a dreadful word, I want to ‘curate’ my shelves a little better – more on that when the shame of using the ‘c’ word has died down and I have a clearer understanding of what I mean. I think I want my shelves to be like my perfect dream bookshop stock. Maybe… I’ll know once I have done it!
Item Three: Books of the Year
A few, I can’t say lots as it sounds bigheaded, people have kindly asked where my list of my books of the year are? The answer is that they are coming, it isn’t the end of the year yet and who knows what I might read in the next twelve days. I can confirm (David will be pleased) that there will be two lists one of the ten books published in 2015 and one of the ten books published before then, last year I did one list and David was right, it wasn’t quite, erm, right. These are being curated (I said it again!!!) now which is quite painful and will be up on the 30th and 31st of December.
Item Four: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Reads of 2015
This I hinted at earlier and in item three. I have a huge stonking selection of books that I swore I was going to read this year and haven’t. This is mainly because I am very naughty and there are far too many good books out there, let’s blame the books and not my naughtiness. I am now wondering if these books should be the first books I read in 2016 as penance for being such a silly sausage or if I wait for the paperbacks or, revolutionarily, just read them when I want in 2016 – which is more in keeping with the direction I have planned anyway. Wow, look at me, throwing caution to the wind. Ha!
Item Five: Savidge Reads in Summary
Basically I am mad is what this all means and am in some bonkers panic that Santa, who delivers millions of presents in a single night would be ho-ho-hoing at me with ridicule. If only I could review lots of books in just one night. Anyway, I guess I am saying I will be more reviews and less chatter in the festive lead up. Now as always I would like to hear from you lot… If you blog what are your thoughts on the reviewing issues? Does it matter if a review of a book was from the year before, even if really it was only a few weeks/months? Does anyone else get review meltdown? Are any of you having a cull over Christmas or are you using the festive season as a reason to stock up on as many books as you can? Do you have any books you’re kicking yourself for not reading in 2015? Have you got your favourite books of the year or any plans for 2016 yet?
Finally, any other business that needs addressing?