I am not really into making New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I tend to find that I tend to neither remember them, nor bother to do anything about them!
But maybe that is because I didn’t chose an area over which I really had some kind of control, and my reading is certainly one of those areas.
I am not in school, nor am I studying anything, so I can more or less chose what I want to read – within some constraints, naturally.
To Be Read (TBR) pile/shelves: I have more than a hundred unread books on my shelves, and I feel I really should apply myself to lessening this number. They are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with a mixture of non-African and African authors and locales.
There are a good number of crime/mysteries/thrillers as that is a fiction genre which I have always enjoyed – including the award winning Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith, and Malla Nunn’s Let the dead die, which takes place in apartheid South Africa.
Great African Reads: I do need to read some more African writing, and will try to keep up to date with the books chosen by the Great African Reads group at Goodreads. Supply is definitely a challenge here, though I suspect it will be less so for some countries. I already have Uwen Akpan’s collection, Say you’re one of them, and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The book of not (the sequel to Dangerous conditions), waiting for me.
Book purchases: I suppose I should try to restrain my buying of books, but again the environment seems to work against this. I feel if I see something I would like to read – at some point – I should buy it, as it won’t necessarily be available the next time I look. As I have mentioned before, there aren’t that many bookshops here in Accra, nor are there as many libraries as there once were.
Kindle: I do have a Kindle, and I am very much still at the experimental stage with this new “toy”. So this is definitely something I need to work on, especially if I can really get my downloading done effectively. So far, I’ve had some success, but not via Wifi, but rather via my laptop, though one book just doesn’t come, no matter when I try to download it.
More consistent posting: And last but not least, I am going to try and post a bit more regularly, and not succumb to a whole host of excuses!