Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Reading Year: January

This spider will keep a tally

There are stacks of unread books in the house. The stacks would be bigger were it not for the Kindle I bought at the end of 2012. In fact, they'd be bigger by about a hundred books. So I have decided that 2014 will be my year of de-unread-book-stack-ing the house. Or — as the practice is more widely known — reading a lot.

At the end of the year, the stacks might still be there, but at least they'll be constructed from read instead of unread books. I might also still be here, but over those twelve months, I'll have explored a mob of new worlds and words.

I've done the maths and it's frightening. I will have to get through a dozen or so books a month. Some of them are long. (I'm looking at you, Steve Pinker.) Sweeping aside my dismal reading record for December — 2013 is dead and gone — here's this month's list:

The Confidential Agent by Graham Greene (espionage)
The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin (crime)
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper* (fantasy)
Cross and Burn by Val McDermid (crime)
Watch Out for Me by Sylvia Johnson (suspense)
My Island Homicide by Catherine Titasey (crime)

Le Freak by Nile Rodgers**
Eureka by Peter FitzSimons
The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper
The Old Ways by Robert McFarlane
The Butterfly Isles by Richard Bakham
White Beech by Germaine Greer

* Yes, it's a kids' book. I've got a number of children's books in those stacks.
** Still going with this one. Have to take a breather every now and then because he's had such a full life.


Anonymous said...

What a Good Year coming up.
Are you going to offer comments / reviews / recommendations?
It's a dangerous and demanding task, and I'd not do it; just curious.

Snail said...

I think reading all those plus doing the usual stuff will take up so much time that adding twelve reviews a month might push me over the edge!

Generally, if I finish a book it means I enjoyed it and/or got something out of it. I've decided to abandon any books that I don't like. Books that I've recently abandoned included 'Blood Rose' by Margie Orford and a Lee Child book the title of which I've forgotten.

Those books didn't keep me interested, but reading is such a personal thing and there are so many titles around that there's not only something for everyone, but there's lots of something for everyone.

Kirk said...

The avalanche of books I have to read is deeper than I care to admit. I have resorted to reading 2-3 books at a time, and that is no small feat, trying to keep my mind from drifting back to one book I'm not reading, well silently weeping and curling up , yet another book falls off the shelf, striking me on the head, causing yet another frenzied reading outburst.....

diane b said...

I'm in the same boat, stacks of unread books. If I spent less time blogging I might get more read.

Snail said...

Kirk, I know what you're talking about! I figured that I wasn't going to curb my book-accumulating habit, so the only solution was harm minimisation!

Snail said...

Diane -- the problem is that there are only so many hours in the day. We all need to get a TARDIS, so we can have more time. Also unlimited room for books.