You have exactly one day left to finalize your list of new year’s resolutions. That fact alone is a sign that you might want to start by putting “I resolve to quit procrastinating” at the top of the list.
But we are not here to scold you. Instead, we’d like to suggest that you resolve to read a few good books in 2013. (You can read them on your Kindle, iPad or Kobo, if that makes it easier.)
To make things easier, the folks at WordFest have put together a list of their favourites from 2012 and the books they’re looking forward to reading in 2013. Director Jo Steffens lists Beyond the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo at the top of her list of recommendations. The book is an in-depth look at life in a Mumbai slum. Steffens is looking forward to reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories. The creator of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth is known for his detailed graphic novels (he may just be the most meticulous person on Earth) and his latest has all his trademark quirkiness and sorrow.
Mary Kapusta, WordFest’s marketing manager, is looking forward to the latest from Alexander McCall Smith (whom WordFest brought to town earlier this year), which bears the intriguing title Unusual Uses for Olive Oil.
Programming manager Anne Logan recommends a murder mystery from author Gail Bowen. The Canadian author’s The Nesting Dolls, which features the inquisitive Joanne Kilbourn was published in 2010 but it’s never too late to get caught up this series.
Whatever and however you choose to read, just don’t wait for a dark and stormy night. A grey and stormy day by the fire will also do quite nicely.