Starting again for 2017

That’s the end of another year, then. I don’t have any elaborate plans for reading in 2017; I’m just going to read by instinct more. I’ve decided to drop a couple of ongoing blog projects, in particular my Classics Club attempt . I will keep the list for reference, because I’m still interested in reading the books; but it was not working for me as something to keep up regularly over five years. 

2016 has shown that going with the flow suits me more as a reader and blogger, so that’s what I’ll continue to do. This year, I tidied up my main reading interests into four areas: world literature and work in translation; fiction that ‘breaks the mould’ of the novel; classics; and books from small publishers. That’s plenty to be going on with. 

Finally, I’d like to thank you for reading, and wish you all the best for 2017.


  1. Happy New Year David. Seems a lot of us are planning to read more where the mood takes us this year – me included. Love that you’re supporting small publishers.

  2. Good plan David. I think the various blogger projects, “challenges” (not that they’re very challenging as a rule” and so on are a distraction. For me a blog should be ancillary to one’s reading, not a driver of it.

    Looking forward to your thoughts in 2017.

  3. Happy New Year.
    I think the best reading plan is not to have one and read by instinct. So I’m with you on that part.
    I wish you a new year full of literary discoveries.

  4. Happy New Reading Year! Reading plans never work too well for me—I like to be surprised. I like your idea of having an overall framework of four areas of interest, though, and reading by instinct within those.

  5. World fiction and something-that-breaks-the -mould are definitely my top two “genres”; that’s what brought me to your blog in the first place.
    Can’t go wrong in either. I’m glad I have the freedom to read by instinct or curiosity, so that’s what I’ve always done.
    Very much looking forward to reading your blog in 2017.
    And a Happy New Year to you too.

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