Hello 2019 & New Books

Hello New Year but don’t worry there’s no new me around these parts. Just the same old me but with some new ideas. I used to worry about the New Year and setting myself goals and pushing myself to achieve everything but as I’ve gotten older it has become clear that it really isn’t necessary, what is necessary is to look after yourself and not compare to others. If you want to start Jan off in a blaze of glory then do go ahead but I’m only really just getting into the swing of things post Christmas and that is okay too. I had a stark reminder of what is truly important from attending a memorial service of one of my school teachers. She sadly passed away before Christmas and the service was a lovely send off for her and it was nice to catch up with old school mates and teachers but what really sat with me is that at the end of it all, it’s the people in our lives that matter the most. you can have as many resolutions as you like but taking time to pick up the phone to call your mum or reaching out to a friend you’ve lost touch with - that will serve you better than punishing yourself at the gym because you feel you have to. Something to think about.

Book wise - I received this rather lovely stack of tomes this Christmas and plan on making my way through them this January. Currently Reading The Secret History, Donna Tartt which is very popular amongst yourselves. I’ve had lots of comments on Instagram from you lovely lot telling me how much you loved it, which is always great to hear. I’m not particularly far in but I am fully engrossed by it already, the characters are so vivid and there is so much intrigue surrounding all of them that I don’t want to put it down. Always a good sign in my eyes.

Up next will be The Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole - which again seems to be a firm favourite. There’s a sad story behind it with Toole committing suicide before seeing his work published but I’ve been told it isn’t a sad book, there’s a deeply amusing black comedic line keeping you from misery. It appears to be a wonderfully silly satire on us humans and it seems to divide people. A marmite book from the looks of it and there’s nothing I enjoy more.

Then I’ll make my way on to Less, Andrew Sean Greer - the story of a failed novelist turning fifty and then White Chrysanthemum, Mary Lynn Bracht which is a story about two sisters separated by World War II. I was also lucky enough to receive the cookbook/food bible Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Samin Nosrat which breaks down those four essential components of cooking. It’s a big, big book that I’ve been enjoying reading in bed a little at a time and I’ve already had my mind blown and I love how it takes the foundation of cooking and dissects it. Essential reading for any foodie. Then last but not least, a book that I’ve had my eye on for a while - The Piranhas, Roberto Saviano - all about the rise of a teenage gang in Naples. I absolutely loved Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels and fell in love with Naples so this really sparked my interest when I read the blurb. High hopes for this one.

And I still have the ongoing TBR pile that never seems to diminish but these few are what I’m concentrating on at the moment. What is everyone else reading at the moment?