Round the World in 12 Months Reading Adventure

(see Jessica Seymour’s reblogged post below)

This is a fantastic idea. I’ll be following Jessica in this according to her schedule. One book a month from different locations around the world; it’s a very doable thing for even a busy person, such as myself. Join us!

As a lifelong lover of literature I welcome any opportunity to re-engage with my favourite of pastimes.

A bit of background: in recent years, particularly after my (catastrophic) attempts at a PhD, I’ve found myself less and less engaged with literature. Particularly fiction.


The logical and analytical half of my mind rationalises that reading without a utilitarian end goal is pointless, that literature for the sake of literature, the exploratory nature of it, the drive that inspires creativity and imagination, these are disregarded as pointless exercises.

My emotional and subconscious side feels anxious, possibly bringing up the traumatic (to me) feelings of failure and disaster whenever the thought of literature appears. A career path destroyed by a series of accidents, personal events, unbearable stress and unhealthy family life left me in tatters, emotionally, psychologically, and physically. The depression that came also led to a severe case of sleeping disorder, where breathing was obstructed, my body couldn’t heal, my mind spiralled further and further into despair.

Ironically, it was at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic where I found my initial relief. Four year after my PhD hit the wall, and I had finally acquired the appropriate treatment.

So, why am I sharing this? Sleep is important for your physical and psychological wellbeing. And, for innovation and discovery to thrive, exploration is important.

Literature is not pointless. Reading books, reading stories, firing the imagination with the intellectual art of literature is the best thing anyone wishing to become an innovator, a leader, a thoughtful and well-rounded human being, can do.

So, what am I going to pick for January? ‘The Discovery of Slowness’, by Sten Nadolny. I chose it for the Arctic setting, and the fact that I already have a copy of it.

If you join us, let me know what you pick!

Jessica Seymour

Welcome to 2022! Hopefully it’s not a total dumpster fire again!!!

As you may know, I’ve been struggling with reading for pleasure over the past few years.

This year, I’m going to try and widen the scope of my reading. Basically, I’ve had a lot of western (British or American) literature in my TBR pile and I think I can do better. I want to see what the rest of the world is up to. I also want to keep myself on task and accountable, so I’m putting little reviews on this blog as I go.

Anyone care to join me on this Round the World in 12 Months Reading Adventure?

PS – I love writing and I love eating! If you want to help with the latter (and ONLY if you want) you can maybe buy me a coffee?  🙂

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