Happy New Year!
Happy 2015, everyone!
Today has started off very wet, grey, and windy - the perfect day for reading! I'm hoping, once I've made the lunch, to get a head start on my 2015 Challenges: my first book of the year is going to be Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. I'm looking forward to curling up in my favourite armchair in front of the fire and beginning it. And from this evening I'll have nothing else to do, so I shall have myself a little readathon!
I've got lots of plans for reading this January - I'm so eager to get started on the many books I have listed for 2015. This month I also want to read Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer for Fanda's Literary Movement Challenge, as well as one or two other books for my Reading England Challenge (Daniel Deronda is set in London, so that will be my first), and, hopefully, at least two if not three from my TBR Pile (I am so determined to complete it this year!). So so much I want to read!
I'm looking forward to 2015. I found 2014 to be a difficult year, and I'm grateful for this day because it provides a kind of line to draw under the old. Last year, anticipating some of the difficulties that would come, I went easy on myself - participating in less challenges, and aiming to read a lot less than previous years. The overall tone of last year felt negative, and not just on a personal level. It seemed such a bad year that The Guardian felt the need to reassure its readers that there were indeed worse years (ten, to be precise). There was too much loss, pain, illness, arguments, and bad feeling for myself and, clearly, the world as well. It seemed too that we've been encouraged to be negative, encouraged to be angry, outraged, but not at the right things. I've felt distracted and tired by it, and I've felt that it's been far too easy to be distracted from what was important and what is truly worth getting angry about. I want to move forward for it, and, my main resolution for 2015, I resolve not to be dominated by these negative feelings. At the very least, where I can't change what is happening outside, I hope that I can change the way I deal with it. I think that's one of those life lessons that sound very trite, but there's truth in it!
So, back to 2015! I have to press on with making the lunch (a Sunday dinner minus the meat - probably the healthiest I've eaten since well before Christmas!), and then Daniel Deronda. I am so excited about my goals for 2015 that I'm eager to get on! This is going to be a big year what with the General Election in May, and I think there's going to be a lot of this negative energy (for want of a better phrase) floating about for a good deal longer. I hope, then, that 2015 is a good year for us all in spite of it - a happy, focussed, and productive year!
Once again, then - Happy New Year!