So we are in October. To those like me who still feel like we were at the New Year’s fireworks party yesterday, wake up! 9 months of the year are already done and we are heading into the last 3 laps of 2017.
I was having a chat with a colleague of mine the other day about New Year’s resolutions and then I realised that apart from one goal, I could hardly remember any of my other resolutions for 2017. Which tells me that I should probably not make more than one resolution over the following years.
I don’t know about you but I don’t think I’ve ever achieved a single resolution I set myself. I’d really like to meet people who have set realistic and useful yearly goals and have achieved them. I’m sure there are quite a few.
The one target that I can remember setting for myself and which I’m happy about (so far) for 2017 concerns books. Like the past few years my 2017 target was to read 52 books (roughly translating to about a book a week). And unlike previous years I seem to be closer to my target than ever. We just entered week 40 and I have started reading book no 38. To set things in context I read 43 books in 2016. So barring any major setbacks I look set to at least break last year’s record.
I will publish my annual book mosaic like previous years but I thought I’d share a few memorable books that I have read recentl
Non-fiction is hardly my first choice but the Invention of Nature kept me hooked from the beginning to the end. It narrates the life and influence of Alexander Von Humboldt, a Prussian polymath who was a key influence in many modern disciplines of scientific study especially natural studies but hardly remembered today. Humboldt talked about climate change and the negative effects of deforestation in an age when the term ‘scientist’ had not yet been coined. Andrea Wulf does an amazing job of tracing not only his life path but also his lasting influence on us today through others who were inspired by him including Charles Darwin.
I really like good science fiction and Kim Stanley Robinson is probably my sci-fi author find of the year. ‘New York 2140 is literally that. New York in the year 2140. It resembles a kind of super Venice- the result of two surges of water levels triggered by the melting of ice caps. At over 600 pages the book seems a challenge but is quite easy to get drawn into.
Some other books I read recently and can recommend include Robert Harris’ ‘Munich’ and Haruki Murakami’s ‘After the quake’.