2013: Year of Reading

One of my aims or ideas for 2013 is to read at least one book a month, for no other reason than just to read and (hopefully) enjoy it. The latter half of that sentence may sound a little odd so perhaps I should explain that I started studying for a research degree in October 2012 and so the majority of my reading is going to be taken up by researching culture and identity, specifically relating to Orkney.

This extra commitment has made me even more determined to make sure I read more fiction, or more books unrelated to anything I’m studying or to anything upon which I’m working. I love reading, but I do so little of it any more. I used to love curling up in a chair and losing myself for hours in a book. I devoured novels as a child and I refuse to let an adult life, with all its complications and engagements, stop me reading as much as I used to (well, maybe not quite as much as I used to: I really did read a lot).

I’ll update you throughout the year on the various books I’m reading. I easily have enough lined up to last one a week for a whole year, but if you think there’s something I’d particularly love or something I really should read, please do get in touch. I never read more than one fiction book at once (obviously), but I don’t mind also having non-fiction books on the go at the same time, to dip and out of as and when I feel like it.

Lydia Crow
1 January 2013


December 2013: Book Read
Alas, I do not think I read a whole book in December, concentrating instead on short fiction and internet-published literature. Which in itself is not a bad thing at all, of course.

November 2013: Books Read
The Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light (Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson)

October 2013: Books Read
The Wheel of Time: Winter’s Heart (Robert Jordan)
The Wheel of Time: Crossroads of Twilight (Robert Jordan)
The Wheel of Time: Knife of Dreams (Robert of Dreams)
The Wheel of Time: The Gathering Storm (Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson)
The Wheel of Time: Towers of Midnight (Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson)

September 2013: Books Read
Well, a lot happened. And Robert Jordan’s books are really long…

August 2013: Books Read
The Wheel of Time: A Crown of Swords (Robert Jordan)
The Wheel of Time: The Path of Daggers (Robert Jordan)

July 2013: Books Read
The Wheel of Time: The Dragon Reborn (Robert Jordan)
The Wheel of Time: The Shadow Rising (Robert Jordan)
The Wheel of Time: The Fires of Heaven (Robert Jordan)
The Wheel of Time: The Lord of Chaos (Robert Jordan)

June 2013: Books Read
The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World (Robert Jordan)
The Wheel of Time: The Great Hunt (Robert Jordan)

May 2013: Books Read
I’m still not entirely sure I know where May disappeared, but I certainly don’t recall doing much reading.

April 2013: Books Read
River of London (Ben Aaronovitch)
Moon Over Soho (Ben Aaronovitch)
Whispers Under Ground (Ben Aaronovitch)

March 2013: Books Read
None. Don’t ask…

February 2013: Books Read
The Moomins and the Great Flood (Tove Jansson)

January 2013: Books Read
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories (Tim Burton)
Cider with Rosie (Laurie Lee) (Started in 2012)