50 books, one year. Why? because I genuinely think my cat is more intelligent than me! I legitimately asked someone at work the other day there if time zones existed before planes. I mean of course they must have what kind of idiotic question was that? but there you go, it came pouring out of my mouth, like idiotic word vomit.
Since graduating from University a year ago with a masters degree in Play-writing and Dramaturgy I have done absolutely nothing except get up go to work, come home, watch some crappy television and then go to bed. Not exactly the most stimulating routine. In an attempt to stimulate my brain and maybe surpass my feline house mate in general intelligence (though given that the little devil is able to convince both me and my fiance on almost a weekly basis that he is being starved I feel the bar has been set pretty high) I have decided to increase the amount of books that I read in a year by almost double.
Last year I read some great books after being gifted a kindle and subscribing to audible. After years of reading plays, reading about plays, reading about how to write plays the rediscovery of the written word has been fantastic. Now I say written word. Most of the books I “read” are audio books. There is a reason for this. I am dyslexic and I recon that I could cycle the length of Britain in the amount of time it takes me to read a standard novel. I am no Chris Froome, in fact I have been overtaken by a toddler out walking when I was out cycling so, you know, its going to take me a long time to finish a book. I also have an 88 mile round trip to work daily and audio books have proved to be a life saver for those long and boring commutes. That doesn’t mean that I wont read some books in the traditional sense over the next 52 weeks. That just wouldn’t be right. This year I intend to read 25 written books and listen to 25 audio books. I will listen to longer books and read shorter books in order to reach the goal of 50 books by December 2017. I have not set out a full list of books to read this year. This is mainly because I love to get book recommendations from people. Some of the best books I have read I wouldn’t have picked up if friends hadn’t recommended them. Feel free to send my book recommendations at any time.
December 2016’s books will be;
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Read – Kindle)
- The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (Audiobook)
- The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Eiking ( Read – Hardback)
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Ready – Kindle)
- The Martian by Andy Weir (Audiobook)