Time for a sit down, a think and a round up of the year. Glad to see the back of 2010 as have just rounded it off by attending my Auntie Kit's funeral at Brighton yesterday. Drive down was in freezing fog, three sets of road works on M25 and an accident on M23 so by the time I arrived I was feeling fraught. Whole day was a horrid one as two ladies who had rather taken over my aunt and her life, also tried to take over the funeral and relegate my sister and I to the fringe of it all, as they greeted everyone and acted as chief mourners. Their behaviour was unbecoming and pushy but I just smiled and smiled and was so polite and charming that I could not believe I was doing it. But as my brother in law pointed out, they had been good to my aunt and we did not have to see them after today, so I got through it all.
Glad to be at home and in the warm on a grey raw day and looking forward to 2011. Kathryn has just sent me a picture of her at Sydney Harbour watching the fireworks and seeing in the New Year and it will not be long now before I am there and I am so looking forward to it though a tad nervous about all the travelling.
I have already listed my books and Book of the Year so this post is really a rambly one just cogitating on my reads of 2010. I have read a lot of detective/thrillers as I find them a soothing read and have not felt able to take on anything too heavy with all the emotional turmoil going on around me. I have discovered many new authors in this genre and intend to continue reading more in 2011. I appear to have read about 250 books but as I have also been reading some chicklit and Mills & Boon as well which I have not listed, I reckon there are about another 25 or so which could be listed, but I have forgotten their titles, many of them were so unmemorable.....
Still they helped pass an hour or two and made me relax for which I am grateful.
Most of my reading is fiction but I do like biography and history and this year have managed to read 25 or so non-fiction, among them the final journals of L M Montgomery which make heartbreaking reading, and a biography of Louisa May Alcott which made my top ten. I have quite a few non-fiction tomes on my shelves which have been sitting there for a bit so perhaps I might try and read some of them this year.
BUT I have no particular reading plans or patterns lined up. I just dip in and out and read whatever comes my way. One thing, however, I have decided I will try and do and that is to read more Anthony Trollope in 2011. I re-read most of the Barchester Chronicles in 2010 and loved them all over again and this time I think I am going to try and read some of his earlier works, all of which I have on my shelves and see how I get on. But that is the only target I am going to set myself.
As I said I am sitting indoor on this cold, bleak day with the curtains drawn and lamps on and feeling comfortable and warm. I have a pile of new books awaiting my attention and Radio 3 is just broadcasting a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis which I regard as the greatest choral work ever written so I am feeling content.
I have a lot to be grateful for, my health and a wonderful family and, not least, all of my lovely friends who I have made through Random Jottings. Every year that passes I reap more and more enjoyment and satisfaction from posting here and the support you have all given me through this rather emotional year has been simply overwhelming.
I end 2010 on Random by saying thank you all and I wish everyone a simply marvellous and Happy New Year