New year, new you

Who do you want to be in 2017? Someone better organised/less stressed/fitter/richer/more fulfilled? The only thing stopping you is you... or maybe it's just that you haven't found the right programme, philosophy or inspiration yet. That being the case, here are some suggestions to set you on the path of the righteous/smug. Ditching bad habits We've…
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Resolving My Resolutions

I am firmly resolved not to make any New Year's Resolutions this year. Actually, I make the same statement at around this time of year every year without fail and invariably New Year's Eve finds me trying to think of something that isn't too ambitious so that I will not let myself down. If these…
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The Read Harder Challenge

I always begin the year with great intentions of completing a million reading challenges, and inevitably my enthusiasm tapers off after the first few months. (I love how Robyn manages to make one book count for many categories. I might have to steal that trick later in the year.) This time I've decided to attempt the…
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Challenged by the challenges

Well, it’s nearly half way through the year and I’m in a terrible mess with my challenges. Reading seven books off the Guardian’s List of Best Books of 2013 went swimmingly until I reached number seven: The Kills. It’s 1002 pages long. What was I thinking? Reading Bingo is also shaping up to be a bit of…
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New Year’s Resolution (6)

The latest title off my list of seven books from The Guardian Best Books of 2013 was the most challenging so far. William Boyd thought that Breakfast with Lucian by Geordie Greig was “fascinating, intimate… a revelation. Every question I had about Freud – from the aesthetic to the intrusively gossipy – was answered with great candour and…
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New Year’s Resolution (4)

The resolution to read seven books off The Guardian Best Books of 2013 list is proceeding well with no duds so far. The latest is Breakfast at Sotheby’s, which was on William Boyd‘s list. Perhaps Boyd liked it so much because he features in the book, as the creator of an elaborate hoax that began…
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New Year’s Resolution (3)

Going so well on my 2014 New Year’s Resolution to read seven books off The Guardian’s Best Books of 2013 list, I’ve finished my second book. It’s called The Silent Wife, by A. S. A. Harrison, who sadly died before the book’s world-wide release and great success.  John Lanchester called it funny and sharp, someone…
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New Year’s Resolution (2)

In my haste to get going on my resolution to read seven books from the Guardian Best Books of 2013 list, I reserved all seven at once. First to arrive was The Great War: A Photographic Narrative. It’s a biggie, 500 pages with 380 black and white photographs chosen from the half a million in the archives of…
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