2013, I like what I have seen of you so far. Admittedly, we’re only half a day into the new year here but it is off to a glorious start. My mother and I both turn into slightly crazy and very superstitious old Czech women on New Year’s Day, strictly policing the family to ensure that the traditions that will ensure an excellent year are carried out: a long walk (for health), no meat until dinner, and then a dinner that includes ham (for luck) and lentils (for money). As far as traditions go, you could do far worse. We had a lovely family walk on the beach, the lentils are soaking, and the ham will soon be put in the oven. A successful 2013 is ensured.
I don’t generally make resolutions for the delightful reason that I am perfectly happy with my life. 2013 is going to see a few changes – I’ll be leaving the company where I’ve worked for the last four and a half years and searching for a job in my chosen field – but they should all be for the better. I’ll be studying and travelling through the spring and early summer and already I have had great fun planning the Lake District portion of this summer’s trip to Europe. The rest of the itinerary is up in the air but that part at least is booked. And I will be coming south after that (looks like it will be the second week of July) to visit with any and all available blogging friends in Southern England. That, I am sure, will be a highlight of this year.
While I haven’t set any particular reading goals for 2013, there are a number of books calling out to be reread. In January, I’d like to read Pride and Prejudice in honour of its 200th anniversary, as well as join Simon’s Cheerful Weather for the Wedding readalong. After that, I’d like at some point to reacquaint myself with the Provincial Lady, reread the early books and catch up on the more recent ones in Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series, and rekindle my love of the Mortmain family from I Capture the Castle.
I would also like to work through some of the books on my shelves I haven’t yet read. I have a huge number of Persephone books waiting and I am hoping to start with The New House. The Talisman Ring and The Quiet Gentleman are two of only a small handful of Heyer books that I have never read before and that obviously needs to be remedied quickly. I picked up a few books from Greyladies towards the end of 2012 so will have to try those, starting with The Day of Small Things and A Young Man’s Fancy. The Mitford sisters’ letters have been sitting on my bookshelf partially read since Christmas 2009, which is a travesty. And though I just received it this Christmas, I am itching to delve into Artemis Cooper’s biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor (and will then obviously have to read/reread all his travel writing as well as his letters to Debo).
There are a few dozen other books – at least! – that I’m hoping to get to this year and library holds have accordingly been placed. I am planning to spend more time in Trollope’s Barsetshire than Thirkell’s, am looking forward to a few history books on continental Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War, cannot wait to read about What Matters in Jane Austen?, and am looking forward to relaxing with new books from both Katie Fforde and Susanna Kearsley.
Yes, 2013, I think I am going to like you.