I love the New Year…there’s a wonderful feeling that goes with starting anew and setting new goals. I’m excited for this reading year and have already talked about some of my plans, such as reading more of the works of Pearl S. Buck, and also participating in a variety of reading challenges put together by my blogging friends.
But today also marks the beginning of a New Decade of reading for me. I’ve kept track of my books read over the years in a little notebook since 1964! As of today there are 1,659 books listed there, although there should be more. (My criteria at first was too strict and didn’t include rereads or read alouds for a number of years.) It’s an interesting record of a reading life, and when I look back at the list, it becomes a way of remembering what was happening in my life at the time I read a particular book.
For example, I was reading Antonia Fraser’s Mary, Queen of Scots, when my infant son took very ill and had to be hospitalized. It seems strange to have a book with me during a time of life and death crisis, and I know it was very difficult for me to read even though there were hours and hours of waiting at his bedside. So I remember every word read, could probably quote you paragraphs that are seared into my brain by the adrenalin of that time. Our son survived and recovered, and I will always appreciate Antonia Fraser for her companionship during those desperate days.
And with my little notebook, I can follow my “reading pathways” over the decades and learn a lot about myself in the process. As I welcome this new decade of reading today, I am more aware than ever that there are so many books, so many authors I want to experience. We are given a lifetime of reading, and I’m enjoying every minute of it!
So, a Happy New Year to you, dear readers…and a Happy New Decade to you, also! Enjoy your reading!