As we reach the last day of the year, I thought I’d include these lovely lines from ‘Promise’ by Jackie Kay, which I must admit, I saw on Bel Mooney’s page in the Mail today, so it’s not entirely my ‘find’ – but I think it sums up perfectly how I feel (and perhaps you too?), at the start of a new year:
Remember, the time of year
When the future appears
Like a blank sheet of paper
A clean calendar, a new chance.
I have a friend who’s read 71 books this year! SEVENTY-ONE! (Shush.. .between you and me, I think she must have too much time on her hands!).
I’ve just texted her and asked for her ‘Book of The Year’ because I was curious, you know. And she has managed to whittle it down to three, one of which, by coincidence, is also my BOTY:
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell
Room – Emma Donoghue
I loved all of these too, but The Help was definitely my favourite – I wrote about it here (don’t be put off if you’ve only seen the film – the novel is a million times better).
So, what’s your ‘Book of The Year’? Let me know! One of my resolutions is to read more in 2012 (although 71 might be pushing it a bit…), so I need some recommendations!
Whatever you’re doing tonight (we’re having a night in and celebrating properly with friends tomorrow!), enjoy yourself, thanks for ‘tuning in’ and I hope you’ll be back in 2012! And Happy New Year!