Welcome 2016 reading resolutions and Euro 2016



Well I’m back and for the first time ever I am going to resolve to do a few things over the coming year blog wise. The first is a vow to review every book I read, so in order to do this I may need to read fewer books than previous years. I have been reading about 130 books on average a year but only tend to get to review two-thirds of the books so I am aiming for 100 books and 100 reviews this year and given my effort to try to improve this bloggers review style I am currently dipping into CS Lewis and IA Richards books on reviewing  . I will also do the first man booker international shadow jury which I am looking forward to see how the combing of the two prizes will effect the quality of the long and shortlists this  coming year . I keep vowing to read more english books , but I tried and failed with a different blog. So a small-scale effort , I will be doing a second Henry Green week  later in the year four years after the original Henry Green week . As you see I have a new Kindle well Fire that Amanda got me for christmas and I am looking for those lost gems of translated fiction that I can find via my kindle. As for other targets i have singled out Russia, I am a jumper of countries unlike Tony I tend to want to jump around the world every year although I was a bit Latin american Light blog wise last year so I may need to find a few latin american books to read .The other big project I want to do is around European 2016 football books and football I did a big project early on in the blog around the world cup in 2010 a full four years before anyone else connected blogs and football. For me this combines my two biggest passions football and books, but as we know male readers under thirty are the least likely to read so I really want to get these posts out there for a vague hope of connection using more of the football side to get clicks on the posts well I hope at least.

henry green

I hope to bring more films and music as well this year . My end of year blog round-up post told me I had managed 207 posts last year which was more than I expected given I was poor blogger at various times last year. So much the same as ever just translation given the henry green week so much same as ever. I have read some great books over christmas so when I do my best of 2015 post tomorrow I am like a jack in the  box all wound up for 2016 ready to pop back up.So what are your plans for 2016 reading wise.

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MarinaSofia
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 11:00:18

    I love the thought of combining football and books to entice young men into reading – excellent! Here’s to a very good reading and reviewing year for you, Stu – looking forward to it.


  2. Vishy
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 11:00:56

    Henry Green week sounds so wonderful, Stu! The football reading plan also sounds wonderful! Happy reading this year!


  3. sharkell
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 11:01:00

    Glad to see you back re – invigorated. I am going to try to do the tbr triple dare this year – read only from my shelves from 1 January to 31 March. I also want to read at least one translated and one non-fiction book for each month of the year. I failed these targets this year – reading only 10 of each.


  4. Messy Tony
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 11:11:14

    A few classics (translated) for me, the Man Booker International Prize and BTBA of course, I’m dipping into a bit of Australian poetry which I’ll continue and maybe the occasional novel written in English. For countries I’ll try and do a little more Spanish Language (an area I tend to go lower on for some reason). Happy New Year Stu.


  5. Lisa Hill
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 12:19:29

    I’m not going to do a TBR challenge (the day I start feeling guilty about my TBR is the day I stop buying books and I don’t want to do that) but I am going to make a bit of a dint in the Open Letters First 25 collection that I have. I’ve only read three of them and there are some great books in the set, translations from Norway, Chile, Argentina and Poland etc. I’m also hoping that more books from Indonesia will become available after the 2015 Frankfurt Book fair and I’ll try to keep up with those.


  6. Jonathan
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 12:27:26

    It’s good to see you’re enthusiastic about your upcoming reads Stu. I haven’t really sorted out whether I havea plan as such but I feel that I want to go back to a more natural reading pattern; for me that means roughly the same time spent on fiction and non-fiction. I may ease up on challenges and group reads as they divert me from reading the books that I keep meaning to read. I may set my own list of books I want to read this year – of course I’ll have to give myself a lot of ‘wriggle room’.


  7. Tony
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 13:05:42

    Some good plans there, Stu. I’m looking forward to the Man Booker International shadowing too – it might even be an idea to contact them at some point to see if they want our views on the whole thing 🙂


  8. BookerTalk
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 14:12:35

    I’ve been trying really really hard not to embark on major projects this year because I still haven’t finished the ones I started two years ago – the Booker prize list and my Reading the world project. But I have signed up for the triple dare since that is just three months long and really only pushes me to read what I already have.


  9. amanda
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 14:44:23

    Happy New Year, Stu! It sounds like you have some exciting plans for this year. I’m primarily hoping just to read more–I only managed to finish 19 books this year. I’m also hoping to get to more translated books this year. Happy reading!


  10. lizzysiddal
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 16:55:06

    It cannot be four years since the 1st Henry Green week! Anyway I have a wonderful Folio Society edition of Loving, waiting patiently on my shelves,


  11. whisperinggums
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 20:42:15

    Love your plans Stu, particularly reviewing every book you read. I know it means reading fewer books, but it’s great, for yourself and others, to have that record.

    I don’t do formal goals, but I would like to read more from my TBR and to generally manage to read more books. I would also like to increase the diversity of what I read. But I never make these formal goals because in the end I just want to read what I can when I can!

    Good luck with your goals …


  12. roughghosts
    Jan 01, 2016 @ 23:45:01

    I have debated setting goals. I definitely need to be much more discriminating about review copies I pursue or accept. I want to divide my reading between books I plan to review and those I want to read for other reasons – more literary criticism, more essays and philosophy, and fill in some of the shameful gaps in my reading of writers like Borges and Beckett with whom I tend to return to my favourites. There also are writers I have wanted to read like Krasznahorkai and Saeterbakken. In both cases I have several of their books but had my eye on the ones I wanted to start with. Yesterday armed with a gift certificate I went to my favourite indie shop where everything was on 20% off and came home with War & War and Siamese. No more excuses. Whew. I also want to read a few books just for fun – police procedurals for example – things I have no intention of reviewing or writing about.

    Best of luck with your best intentions… I am sure we will all find lots of exciting things to read, no matter what.


  13. Caroline
    Jan 02, 2016 @ 08:11:15

    I just thought of Henry Green week. I’d love to read more if him.
    I don’t make any plans for the year but like you, I love to hop from one country to the other but most books are still from the UK.


  14. erdeaka
    Jan 03, 2016 @ 05:52:57

    Football and books! Those are my passion, too! 😉


  15. Jody
    Jan 03, 2016 @ 20:09:50

    I`m very interested in reading the Russians this year as well.

    Could we possibly entice you into hosting a Russian Literature Month challenge ?


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