At the beginning of every year I resolved to finally, finally read one book a week for the duration of the year. I have yet to stick to my goal. This year is the closest I have gotten since I started counting. With 10% of the year (and 16 days off work) left I have read 30 books. Which is only 58% of the total, but 10 of those were over 400 pages (one @ 584 and one @ 768) and the 30 books add up to a total of 10,525 pages – so I think I have done pretty well.
Among them: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (finally), The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and lastly The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger which I finished today.
The Secret Life of Bees is one which I have been wanting to read for a few years now and I am wondering if I would have read it differently a few years ago. Even a few months ago. Read it for yourself and see if you know what I am talking about.
The Time Traveller’s Wife gets 6 Stars out of 5 in my book. I couldn’t read it fast enough. I wish I had stopped halfway through, though, because the ending hit me hard. “Had we but world enough, and time,” Marvell.
The list of books I want to read does not think to stop growing to let me catch up. It is 45 strong today, but probably 50 by tomorrow. Kate seems to be the only one who recommends books to me these days, so I don’t know where the list comes from. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Pillars of the Earth, Stardust. Many, many others. None of the Classics are included – that list is 40 strong in and of itself. Of Human Bondage, or Their Eyes Were Watching God. The list does not include a single novel by Dickens and if you have to ask why you do not know me very well at all.
Next I think I will read something by Terry Pratchett even though it is not on the list. Niffenegger’s poetry and rawness has hollowed me out and I want to cuddle up with the literary equivalent of a big mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows on top – I think Soul Music will do wonders.