“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
I'm hoping that 2024 will be full of books. New books, old books, old books with fancy new covers, sequels, retellings, spin-offs... I'm not fussy ☺.
Books are like doorways, and the worlds that wait to be discovered inside their pages are different for every reader, much like the doorway between one year and the next. With that in mind, New Year's Eve feels like a good time to share my three favourite poems about the magic of books and reading.
1️⃣ The biggest
On the library shelf
Is when you suddenly
(The hidden you)
You wonder how
The author knew.
― Beverly McLoughland
2️⃣ I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.
― Dylan Thomas
3️⃣ I opened a book and in I strode
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.
I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.
― Julia Donaldson
Today's blog post ends with a quick update on my reading and writing resolutions for next year 📚✍. Most of my reading choices are made on the spur of the moment (on account of my TBR being a little chaotic), but at this time of year, I enjoy choosing a bit more deliberately. For 2024, my list contains a standalone, a sequel, and a series.
Magic, romance, and a fight against the Dead who will not stay dead.
And as far as the writing goes, my resolution is pretty simple―keep writing ☺. After wrapping up the Beyond Androva series at the end of October, I've written a couple of potential prologues for a new story. As of now, Lignora is the world that looks the most promising, but we'll see how it goes when I tackle the first chapter...
Have you made any book-related resolutions? Thank you very much for visiting my blog today, and I wish you a happy and healthy 2024!