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Now I’ve managed to close the lid on 2018 (see my wrap up post here), its time to turn my attention to 2019.
I’ve been wrestling with the question of whether to join some of the many challenges that are available. But on balance I decided that last year’s experiment with “Reading Naked” (by which I mean picking my next book randomly) was liberating so I plan to continue using that approach this year.
That doesn’t mean my year will be entirely without structure. But I’ll focus on projects rather than challenges. Challenges usually involve meeting a specific goal – reading a targeted number of books for example, or specified categories of books by a set date. I prefer the more open-ended nature of a project that I create for myself, where I get to decide on the scope and parameters. I want the flexibility to go wherever my mood takes me.
Here’s how the year ahead could pan out.
I’m going for simplicity; largely avoiding specific goals in favour of general directions. Most of these are continuations of existing projects and activities but – just to ring the changes – I’m going to start two new activities.
- Finish the Booker Prize project. This is the only specific goal I’m adopting this year. It should be a piece of cake since I have just two books and then I’m done. Although I have copies of the 2016 and 2018 books I’m not going to count them. If I manage to read them this year, they’ll be considered as bonus.
- Re-connect with the Classics Club project. I’m now 12 books away from the target of 50. But I keep finding new titles to add so this could be a movable feast.
- Travel the world: I stalled last year in my plan to read authors from a broader range of countries. In a year when the UK is supposed to say goodbye to the EU, it feels appropriate to make sure my reading tastes have an international dimension.
- Move through years of my life: I have a feeling that by reading more from my Classics Club list, I will be able to make progress on the Years of My Life project without having to make a special effort.
Booker Talk Team Expands
Booker Talk is approaching its 7th anniversary. I’m marking this milestone by expanding the team. Two new faces will be making an appearance on this site shortly, contributing reviews and articles on reading, authors and books.
Cerian Fishlock is currently studying for an MA in Publishing. She’s an Agatha Christie fan who’s desperate to find a modern author that can match the Queen of Crime . She loves novels with a psychological edge and “if that can be combined with defeating the patriarchy, even better.”
Edward Colley is a retired newspaper editor and graphic designer with an eclectic taste in books. He counts Thomas Hardy among his favourite authors. In between reading fiction he enjoys biographies and travel writing .
Connecting with Welsh authors/publishers
For the past year I’ve been trying to support and promote literature from my home country of Wales, through reviews and the odd feature article on this site. Now I’m going a step further by creating a new series where we get to know some of the authors based in Wales.
I’m calling this new series Cwtch Corner. The idea is to get into a conversation with an author about their favourite authors and books, how and where they get their inspiration and what readers can expect from their own novel/s. This is a spot where authors could pitch their work to potential readers.
Never seen that word Cwtch before? It’s a word used in the Welsh language to describe a physical place – a small cubbyhole for example or a small room in a pub. But it also denotes a form of affection, love and caring. Think of it like a cuddle or a hug. So authors taking part in Cwtch Corner are hopefully going to find the experience a bit like being wrapped in a warm embrace.
I’m reaching out to authors to participate at the moment but if you know someone you think might be interested just ask them to contact me via Twitter using @bookertalk. Please note however that I am not intending to feature self-published authors.
Your challenge today is to name an author from Wales.
Dylan Thomas, you say?
Well done. He’s probably Wales’ most famous writer. So maybe not surprising you thought of him first.
But is that it? No other Welsh author comes to mind?
How about Sarah Waters? Or Cynan Jones? Or Owen Sheers?
It might surprise you to find that these authors are part of the rich literary tradition of Wales.
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about authors from Wales, this page is a good place to begin. It’s a signpost to content on this blog that relates to fiction from Wales.
Want to discover a Welsh author?
If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, I’ve written two posts that will get you off to a good start. .
What are the BEST novels from Wales?
It’s almost impossible to name just one or two or even 20. So I’ve put a list together of 88 books that I think give you a good representation of authors and genres. Check out the list on the “88 books from Wales” page.
One of the big questions that comes up frequently is whether there is such a thing as ” The Great Welsh Novel?” Over the years, various experts have tried to find an answer to that. You can read some of their opinions here
In the article A Secret Literary Giant from Wales you can also discover an author whose name sadly isn’t as well know as it deserves to be.
Get To Know The Authors
For the last year or so I’ve been interviewing authors who live and work in Wales. I’ve called the feature, Cwtch Corner because the word Cwtch is one used in Wales to mean a cuddle or a cosy corner. Click the link to find all the interviews.
Love Talking About Books? Great. You’re In The Right Place
That’s exactly what you get at BookerTalk. Conversations about books.
It’s a melting pot of reviews, discussions and interviews. A space where as avid readers we can indulge in our favourite topic.
Who Is Booker Talk?
I’m Karen. A life-long book addict from Wales.
I love reading books.
I love talking about books. To anyone and everyone.
My friends and relatives were exhausted by my constant chatter about the books I’d just bought, the ones I planned to buy; the books I’d just read and the ones I wanted to read.
In desperation I turned to strangers. Passengers on planes and trains; patients in hospital waiting rooms, customers in cafes. If I saw them reading a book I just couldn’t resist the opportunity for a chat.
I created BookerTalk eight years ago as a space where book addicts like myself could get together and chat about the thing we love most. My original intention was just to blog about my Booker Prize project. But as my interests grew, so did the focus of the blog.
What can you expect from BookerTalk?
Now at BookerTalk you’ll find my reviews of books from 19th century fiction to contemporary literature; from historical fiction to fiction in translation. There may even be a crime novel now and again.
One thing I promise you: This is a blog site completely free of books whose cover features bare chested guys or smouldering women with long lashes and pouty lips. That might be he last book in the shop but no way am I buying!
You’ll also find book recommendations. Perfect for people like you who need to fill gaps in those bookshelves.
And there’s a special corner I reserve just for sharing my passion for the literature of my home country of Wales. I call it Cwtch Corner because in Wales we do love to cwtch (cuddle up) with our friends. So you’ll find interviews with Welsh authors and features on Welsh literature.
Let’s Get Talking
I love hearing from other readers so please do leave comments on anything you see on the blog.
If you want to get in touch with me, please see my Get In Touch page
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