"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

A Year of Reading Daringly

If you glance across at the list of blogs I keep in touch with, you may notice that a new link has recently been added, 'A Year of Reading Daringly' which has been set up by the libraries of North Wales, with the aim of encouraging people to read books and genres that they perhaps might otherwise not have considered. The idea is that they suggest a different book for each month of the year and you can follow the group on Facebook or Twitter and share opinions - a bit like a book club but without the need to venture into the cold, windy, rainy, snowy (take your pick) evenings.
So  January's choice is 'Trigger Warning' by Neil Gaiman, which is a collection of short stories and you can read a little about the author in this post.
Having decided that I am in a bit of a rut where reading is concerned and that being challenged to read 'new' authors would do me no harm at all, I have ordered said book and am now awaiting its delivery. I'll let you know my thoughts on it in due course.
There is also a welsh version of this, 'Blwyddyn o Ddarllen Beiddgar' which recommends books written in welsh, of course, but I don't think my level of expertise in the welsh language is up to that just yet. There are challenges and then there are challenges!


Yorkshire Pudding said...

Books in the Welsh language? There's only so many stories you can read about farmers falling in love with sheep or detectives investigating cheating tactics at the Eisteddfod.

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ZACL said...

Yup, I agree wholeheartedly with your view about challenges.

My reading challenges have been a bit different; I read say, a non-fiction, not always my choice, then intersperse it with a fiction. I have so far, worked through non-fiction reading about the cultural history of China and the exploits Jane Hamilton, who, apart from other notable activities, re-wrote Arctic exploration History. Her spin version stuck for about two centuries. from the fiction literature/cultural shelf I am currently in the final plod of Middlemarch. My challenge was/is to finish it. I think I am almost there.


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