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Happy New Year and a Happy 2nd birthday for The Best Part of Ordinary. I think it is fair to say on a book front I ran out of steam at the end of 2017 due to reading two long, detailed non fiction books at the same time. It's been a struggle but I've enjoyed both Chasing The Sun and more so The Time Travelers Guide but my first New Year goal (not resolution) is to not repeat this type of book choices in 2018. Thankfully the year ended on a high with the decision to park Chasing The Sun and pick up The Essex Serpent which was a fast paced, enjoyable read and a book I wouldn't normally pick up.
As a result I ended up reading fewer books this year and this was also not helped by working quite a bit of overtime and getting absorbed in the world of Skyrim on the PS4, a game I have been meaning to play for years. This also had a knock on effect on this site which I will do my best to address in 2018.
But looking back I really enjoyed most of 2017 and here's a quick list of book highlights
There is a lot to be excited about in 2018 with the shelf already jam packed and the winner of the Royal Society book award Testerone Rex on its way. So here are my reading goals for 2018
As always these are goals and not resolutions which I detest. Goals accept mistakes as just part of the process but a mistakes is a broken resolution.
Life is always full of surprises and to finish this blog post a quick story that made me laugh at myself.
I was part of a secret santa at work this year and I wanted to buy a book which could be of real value. So of all the amazing books on this site what did I spend my £10 on? Did I buy Authentic Happiness my Book of 2016 or possibly Stumbling on Happiness one of my favorite books of all time? No I ended up buying Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck which I ranked 22nd of 33 in the books of 2015!! The reason. Anitha has kids and despite everything else Dr Carol Dweck's research into the value of encouraging and rewarding hard work over results is something I would encourage every parent to take a look at, even if some of her examples like Alex Rodriguez are cringe worthy. But I did chuckle to myself as I ordered it
Anyway a very Happy New Year to everyone. I hope all your goals reading and otherwise go well and you that you can keep on trying throughout the year to make them a reality.
I am 43 and lucky to have a fantastic wife and 3 kids who give my life purpose and make it fun too. To pay the bills I am a Software Consultant and have been for the past (mostly enjoyable) 18 years.