So much is written about the new year and how it signifies a wonderful new beginning. A fresh start. The chance to have another go, nixing all those bad habits of the many prior months. Honestly, I'm not one for setting resolutions. But one thing I can get on board with in January is the purchase of a brand new diary. I could spend hours looking at every diary on every shelf of every store. Waiting to find the one. The one where I record the highs (cocktails, holidays and mani-pedis) and the lows (dentist, gah!).
This year, I'm also using my diary to record a new habit. A not resolution, if you will. I'm joining in with the wonderful 'year in books' project. As opposed to a traditional new years resolution, my version is a little gentler. I want to read more as I find it so much more fulfilling than the endless scrolling I do on my iPhone. That said, the whole point is to read for pleasure, rather than to tick a check list. So if I miss a month (or two or three) I won't be too cross with myself.
Started by Laura at Circle of Pine Trees, 'the year in books' is a book club with a difference. Instead of everyone reading the same book, we each aim to read a new book each month, and discuss these and more at the twitter chats. To find out more, here's Laura handy post about it all. As a fan of all things Nordic, I thought 2016 could be the year that I delve into books set in or written by authors from those countries. This all seems perfect given the current wintery weather. Nothing pleases me more than hunkering down under a blanket with a good book and a cup of tea, surrounded by lit candles. All very hygge, I think you'll agree.
I'm beginning my Nordic adventure in January by reading A Winter Book by Tove Jansson. While most well known for her brilliant children's Moomin adventures, Jannson also wrote ten books for adults. Last summer I read The Summer Book, which I found to be stunning in its effortless simplicity and depth. It seemed fitting then, this January to delve into winter. This book is actually a collection of short stories, which suits me brilliantly.
I'll be back in February to let you know how I got on, and to introduce my next book. Are you reading anything at the moment? Any classic Nordic tomes I should add to my list? I'd love any recommendations - just leave a comment below or tweet me!
All photos shot and styled by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer