Sunday, January 21

Twelve Books for Twelve Months

Hi all! I hope January has been treating you well so far. Considering it's supposed to be the most quiet month of the year it's been exceedingly crazy for me so far. In no small part thanks to a recent addition to my life-- a puppy! We picked her up a week ago and it's been a whirlwind so far.

Having a little one who needs me has meant I've been lining up things to do that keep me occupied at home (particularly for the next few weeks when she can't go outside). I'm already midway through season three of Peaky Blinders after only starting watching two days ago, but I wanted to line up some reading for when that runs its course. Fortunately, I'm coming into 2018 with a reading list as long as my arm so I'm off to a good start!

Some of these are brand new, some are old favourites, and others are completely different to my usual.

Whilst studying for my degree, I consumed massages of material bought as cheaply as possible. Without the space to stack them, many of the more weatherworn editions were scrapped post-grad. Since then, I've been making the conscious decision to only buy books that I intend to keep. Book cover design has always been incredibly interesting to me and I feel like it represents a very niche skill set when executed in unexpected ways. I thought it might be interesting for 2018 to read and review books throughout the year, but with a focus on the cover design as well as the writing inside.

My first book of the year is currently still in the post, coming from Texas via Abebooks: a gorgeous first edition of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, one of my favourite novels of all time. I've been scouring for the perfect copy for a couple of months now and have frankly been trying to avoid customs duties, but evidently there's no pleasing me. The rest will be coming in dribs and drabs and I'll be sure to update you as they come-- sporadically as that may be!

At the moment, my shopping list contains the following:

1 - The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
2 - The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
3 - To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
4 - Hammer of the Gods - Stephen Davis
5 - Gold Dust Woman - Stephen Davis
6 - Persuasion - Jane Austen
7 - David Bowie: A Life - Dylan Jones
8 - How Saints Die - Carmen Marcus
9 - The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
10 - The Poetry Pharmacy - William Seighart
11 - A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
12 - The Sun And Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur

I'll keep you posted with puppy news in a little while; in the meantime, you can always check my insta @bearandcrocodile for updates along the way.

Until next time!

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