There’s so much out there! Never mind the steady information stream from Twitter, Facebook, BBC website, daily papers etc etc. They say that a Sunday newspaper alone, with all of its supplements, amounts to what would have been the lifetime input for the average medieval person (had more than a handful been able to read!).
The website par excellence, of course, for keen readers, must surely be Goodreads, and I’ve already had a lot of fun adding my 1300+ reads to my page. I’ve had to withdraw from the conversation threads though - looking at these was taking up too much of my precious reading time!
I drive to work, and have my packed lunch round the table with colleagues, so it seems a bit rude to get a book out. My sister, however, who has 40 minutes each way on the train Monday-Friday, gets through a lot more books than me. She’s currently enjoying Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, having recently returned from holiday in Colombia.
As a confirmed bibliophile, and nosey with it, one of life’s pleasures is sneaking a look over people’s shoulders to see what they’re reading, so e-readers can frustrate this innocent pastime for me, though there is always the cryptic-crossword-style game of trying to guess, from the page on view, what the book might be!
I thought I’d ask people I met this last week what they’re reading, which turned out to be a wide selection. Here’s a dozen of them (six by the fairer sex - hoorah!):
The Talented Mr Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Corvus Esther Woolfson
Elizabeth is Missing Emma Healey
Germany: Memories of a Nation Neil MacGregor
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
How Music Works David Byrne
Le Chapeau de Mitterand Antoine Laurain
Rubicon Tom Holland
The Diary of Anne Frank’(in Spanish)
The Private Eye Annual of 2014 Ian Hislop
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Marie Kondo
The Bone Clocks David Mitchell
But if I thought I read a lot of books at once, the rosette must surely go to a running friend, whose current reads I enquired upon (breathlessly) the other evening on our 4 mile mostly uphill jaunt round Tunbridge Wells. Here they are - be impressed!!
Hunters of Dune Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson
Lila Marilynne Robinson
Who runs this place? Anthony Sampson
Greek Political Oratory Penguin Classics
Stardust Neil Gaiman (on Kindle)
and has recently finished:
The Peripheral William Gibson
Liberty Shami Chakrabati
The Trial of Henry Kissinger Christopher Hitchens
so no David Baldacci or John Grisham there then ...!
I’ll finish with a plug for my husband’s two books, Niedermayer & Hart, a horror thriller, and psychological thriller Roadrage - both of which he is not ashamed to admit are popular fiction. I really enjoyed reading them, they are both good yarns with well-drawn characters; in spite of my long-term doula/midwife duties before their births (listening to ideas, encouraging, researching and proof-reading) I still found them thrilling, moving and hard to put down, which is a kind of small amazing miracle in itself! I won’t go on - you can find reviews (the genuine article!) on Goodreads, Amazon and Martin’s website and decide for yourself, but he has a Kindle offer on over the next week (only available on Amazon UK from 8 am Monday 26 January until 2 February) for Niedermayer & Hart, which might be of interest.
If you haven’t heard of an author but the reviews are good, I guess 99p is an acceptable outlay!
Martin’s website: www.mj-johnson.com