26. Read more diverse authors
I very rarely include anything quite so vague on my birthday list – this is the kind of thing that can usually be found on my New Year’s in-lieu-of-resolutions list. But I didn’t want to put ‘Read xx amounts of books by people of colour’, because it didn’t feel right. Instead, in an attempt to diversity my reading, I’m going to try and seek out, in the first place, non-white authors, and I’ll have to judge at the end of the year if I can tick it off. (I know, by the way, that diversity doesn’t just apply to skin colour, but I think that this is the area in which my reading is most in need of a shake-up.)
27. Read ten novels on which films are based
This has been on a list before, but funnily enough, I didn’t tick it off (the sheer number of things over the years that I haven’t ticked off is astonishing). I’m going for it again, and I am hoping to include some books which have big screen adaptations on their way.
28. Start writing my novel
This has been on just about every list since I started making them, but of course, it doesn’t happen because I’m the laziest person you could ever wish to know. For my birthday I received a workbook that promises to help me, so with the seed of the idea that I have for a story, I’m hoping to give it a go very soon!
29. Visit ten bookshops
Another one that has been on the list before, and I made a good start on it, but didn’t tick it off. Bookshops are my happy place, so it’s no chore to visit them and blog about them.
30. Visit Westminster Abbey
I’ve never been to Westminster Abbey, despite my dad working there from time to time. I’m going to do it this year, I promise!
31. Visit Bognor Regis
I have a very good friend who lives in Bognor, and has done for some time, and yet I still haven’t been to see her. Time for a visit to the seaside.
32. Go to five book events
I love book events, big or small, so whether it’s a local library talk about a book, or a big book launch, I’m hoping to fit in at least five over the next twelve months.
33. Film a second a day
I tried this last year, and got as far as blogging about December and January, and filming February and uploading it but never blogging about it. They are amongst my favourite things to watch, a real snapshot into my world, and I wish I had kept up with it. So I’m adding it to this year’s list again, in the hope that I can keep up with it.
34. Visit Gold Hill
I have rather a lot of ‘Go to…’ items on this year’s list, but this is a last-minute one that changed locations three times before I settled! Gold Hill is in Shaftesbury, which is in Dorset, and it’s most famous as the ‘Hovis Hill’ (from the advert), but it’s also where my granddad was born, and despite this amazing familial connection, I’ve never been (unlike most of the rest of my family). So I’m determined to head there this year, even if it’s for a fleeting visit.
35. Complete a cross-stitch
This has been on my list before, and I’ve ticked it off before, but I want to do it again. I love cross stitching, I just need to be realistic about my ambitions – I tend to think too big and then never find the time to complete them!
So that’s my full list – there are rather a lot of repeats from previous years, but thinking of 35 things is really, really hard! I say it every year, but I’m really hoping that this year I’ll get through a few more. We will see; I’ll keep you updated!