Let the readers do some of the work themselves.
2021 hasn’t been a regular New Year, neither has our resolutions… But no matter what year it is, some resolutions remain with us forever – such as writing and reading, plus adapting to a slightly old new world with a mask as a casual fashion of our wardrobe.
Here in Sweden, the winter arrived only yesterday. Compare pictures: 1st January – 10th January:
Let me share what I’ve changed in my daily routine in the past two weeks. First of all, I deleted my writer’s page on FB (with 500 followers). From now on I don’t have any FB page – working or private.
I decided to skip TV/any movie-watching for 2 months. Today is day 6 – I haven’t seen any program, movie, or news. Dammit! I can’t believe it! But it feels ok because I have a lot of time for reading, writing and… well, who am I kidding – sleeping… 😬
I decided to skip the Goodreads challenge in 2021. I know that I read about 100 books each year, so I’d prefer to skip the stressful counting and the rush after the numbers. I know people who read, and read, and read… as Bennet said, “They fly through the shires of literature on a motor car, their sole object being motion.” We need sometimes to stop and think about what we read.
Just in case you weren’t aware; 8-9 years ago, I sold my entire library (about 4000 books), now I’m trying to rebuild a new one, one book at a time. Or 7-10 paperbacks a week. I’m buying books I’m interested in reading, or would like to have in my library. I counted all paperbacks in the house this weekend – so far, I’ve got about 550. Of course, I got 400 kindle books, but I still don’t particularly appreciate reading on kindle, and I love old secondhand paperbacks.
The main focus of my new library: good ol’ classics, modern classics (well, mostly from 1950 to 1980), new age religion-shamanism-philosophy, church and society, literary criticism, literary anthologies, first editions, Agatha Christie’s paperbacks (mostly from 1970), crime, pulp and horror. And, of course, some indie authors.
Let’s move to the writer’s plans. In 2021, I’m planning to publish at least 3 books. I’m already working on the translation of book 2 in Child of Illusion series – The Secrets of A-Ria/young adult. I believe it will be finished at the beginning of March. I have scheduled publishing date for 1st May 2021.
The second book – a psychological thriller, 60k (I have a first draft, and currently working on the second). Hopefully, it will be ready by August-latest September.
The third book… I haven’t decided yet. It might be a book of essays (nonfiction) or a book of comic strips and comedy burlesque.
A book is the only immortality. Rufus Choate
Let’s check Book Recommendations for January – link:
Book 1 – Killing Dylan by Alastair Puddick. A humorous crime novel with a sweet pop art-ish book cover. To tell you the truth – that’s why I grabbed it. 😂 I didn’t know anything about the author or his books. I love the hero (a failed, grumpy, some way rude and greedy writer, who is trying to find out who wants to kill his old friend). The writing is light, humorous, descriptive, and easy to follow. I’d say, the book is a very relaxing read, and should make you smile.
Book 2 – The Chosen by Chaim Potok. An absolute gem! It was a recommendation from a blogger and follower here, on WP, and this book got me hooked right from the off. I had never heard about the author or his books prior, but I loved his simple prose and the world he builds right in front of my eyes.
The book’s introduction is one of the best I read in the past 4-5 years. I’m planning to talk about this book in a separate post because of the author’s writing tricks. 📚 I also ordered three more paperbacks of Chaim Potok.
Book 3 – Shambhala: In Search of the New Era by Nicholas Roerich is an exceptional book, not for everybody… It is nonfiction: the ramblings and beliefs of Nicholas Roerich about life in Asia, the magical land of Shambhala (which may or may not exist). It contains a detailed description of his expedition through Asia, Tibet, Mongolia, and China. The journey is quite difficult to follow, but if you are familiar with Roerich’s paintings or Agni yoga (created by his wife Helena), you will find this book amusing.
A separate blog post about Shambhala Land is also on the way. 😉
Wait, wait… I’d like to mention One Hundred Years of Solitude! I’m not a big fan of magical realism, but the writing style is peculiar, enthralling and exceptional; worth checking out. Just be prepared, all heroes share similar names, and the novel is filled with erotic or odd scenes like this:
“It only costs twenty cents,” she told him. Aureliano threw a coin into the hopper that the matron had in her leap and went into the room without knowing why. The adolescent mulatto girl, with her small bitch’s tits, was naked on the bed. Before Aureliano sixty-three men had passed through the room that night. From being used so much, kneaded with sweat and sighs, the air in the room had begun to turn to mud. The girl took off the soaked sheet and asked Aureliano to hold it by one side. It was as heavy as a piece of canvas. They squeezed it…
Btw, according to the girl’s calculations, she still had 10 years of work (with 70 men per night) before she’d get away and become free… from her slavery.
I’d like to mention one more author with atypical (specific) style – Milan Kundera. I finished reading his novel Ignorance in December. I have to say, he has a genuinely recognizable writing style, a rough mix of nonfiction, ironical conversation and the story itself. His novels are often nonlinear, sad and philosophical, but filled with characters who are real and down to the earth… kind of, neighbours next door.
From positive to negative – I had some trouble with Amazon (my profile), and it made me reconsider being completely dependent on Amazon, so I’m planning to find a solution for that… in the future.
What are your plans, resolutions, dreams, books for 2021?
Surprise Ray 🙃😀
Next post – Shambhala Land