So the New Year celebrations have come and gone, and most of my resolutions have already been broken. Ah well, no one is perfect. There are a couple, however, that I do intend to keep.
The first is to stay off the fags. I’ve tried to stop on numerous occasions. I get to around three months off the things, and then for some unknown reason I start again. I call myself all sorts of names for being so stupid and weak-willed, but I carry on puffing away regardless. This time I stopped before Christmas and so far it’s going fine. I’m using NRT, I’ve binned all the ashtrays and lighters, anything that reminds me of smoking, and for the last eight weeks I’ve hardly even considered having a cigarette.
The second resolution I aim to keep concerns reading more. Until a few months ago I was an avid reader, but a series of family emergencies, illnesses and the like, not to mention my own ailment giving me an exceptionally hard time, made finding time to read extremely difficult. In addition, I was so exhausted by all of this that I just couldn’t bring myself to pick up a book.
However, I’m back reading again and so far this month I’ve managed to get through four novels. Not as many as I would normally read in that time span, but I’ve got to start somewhere. I get most of my books from local charity shops where there is an endless supply of titles to choose from. Oh, yes, I have a Kindle but I much prefer the feel of a ‘proper’ book in my hand. Old-school I know, but that’s what I feel comfortable with.
And in case anyone in wondering, here are the books I’ve read this month.
Mr Mercedes – Stephen King
Six Years – Harlan Coben
Brother Odd – Dean Koontz
The Magic Cottage – James Herbert
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of these novels, and it’s great to get back into the swing of reading again. I really missed it!