I am the sort of person who waits until a day or two after daylight saving shifts to change all the clocks. I need a day or two to adjust to the idea, even though it happens twice a year.
Same with a new year.
Now that it is well and truly 2012 I have updated my reading list. 2011 is still there with a few comments on the books I did get around to reading. Some good, some great, some so so. Some I couldn't finish.
Here's something to look forward to in your reading year. Text Publishing is producing 32 Australian classics in paperback form, cheap at $12.95 (cheap for an Australian book - don't get me started on book prices here).
In this thought-provoking opinion piece Michael Heyward, the head of Text Publishing, bemoans the fact that many of Australia's best literary works are now out of print - and even the entire works of some of our best authors.
He has an excellent point. I studied English Lit at school - not at university unfortunately - and would consider myself pretty well read but many of the books and authors he mentions I haven't read or (cough) recognise. 2012 should change that.
The full list has not been released but will include Careful, He Might Hear You, David Ireland's The Glass Canoe, and Henry Handel Richardson's The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney.
The scheduled release date is May. You can read more about it here on the publisher's website in the coming months.