I read a lot. I read a broadsheet newspaper every day, I read online, I read for professional development, I read letters and blogs and food labels and tweets and I love to read magazines. But when it comes to reading novels for pleasure, it takes me a long time to get through a book. Unless I’m on holidays, I read fiction only at night in bed. I’m usually so tired by the time my head hits the pillow that I average just one page per night. At that rate, it takes me a long time to get through a good book. I just finished Gone With the Wind. I really enjoyed reading this book for the second time (the first at the age of 16), but it took me 7 months. And within an hour of finishing it, I had passed it on to someone else to enjoy.
It struck me, though, that I have a limited number of novels left in me. At my current rate, I’ll only read about 200 more novels in my life. What a depressing thought! But it’s galvanising as well. I realise my reading time is precious and I better choose my fiction reading wisely. In the past if I didn’t enjoy a book, I would still continue reading, from a sense of loyalty. No more.
True to form I have a list of books I want to read, but I’m open to further suggestions. Which books are worth my time?