Loretta Young with her library
So first of all, Happy New Year! I can’t deny I was glad to see the back of 2016, even though I was lucky enough to make some wonderful friends which outweighs all the bad stuff for me. There is something a little daunting, as well as exciting, about being at the start of a fresh new year, wondering what it will bring. Do you ever make New Year’s Resolutions? Mine have been the same for years – to be tidier, to throw things away I don’t use, to keep my papers in good order, to stop biting my nails, to buy fewer red lipsticks, to keep in touch with my friends regularly instead of just thinking about them often and then writing apologetic emails once or twice a year. I fail miserably with most or all of them, so this year have decided to make just one main resolution which is to read more. I’m a slow reader but intend to take advantage of every opportunity available to open a book which means having one with me at all times whenever I leave the house, reading while the dinner is cooking and most of all, trying to stay awake for more than 10 minutes in bed each night to get through at least 1-2 pages. I don’t have a set list of things I wish to read this year because my book choice depends on my mood but here are some I’m hoping to get around to:
‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley
‘Put out more Flags’ by Evelyn Waugh
‘Hunters in the Dark’ by Lawrence Osborne
‘Stoner’ by John Williams
‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen
‘Eugénie Grandet’ and ‘Le Père Goriot’ by Balzac
‘Les Trois Mousquetaires’ by Dumas
‘Buddenbrooks’ by Thomas Mann
‘Ungeduld des Herzens’ by Stefan Zweig
Let me know if there are any books you have your heart set on this year. To finish off this post, I thought I’d include some Old Hollywood stars enjoying some reading for inspiration.
James Stewart who rightly understood the need of a comfortable place to read.
The famous photo of Marilyn Monroe reading ‘Ulysses’ by Eve Arnold, 1955.
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the set of ‘North by Northwest.’
Bette Davis with the morning papers in 1939
Marlon Brando by Cecil Beaton, 1946
Barbara Stanwyck – I dream that one day someone will bring me breakfast in bed.
Gene Tierney in ‘Leave Her to Heaven.’