I am on something of a reading frenzy at the moment. DorkyDad and I are having a few weeks detox, and the nonsense on television every evening is so much less bearable when you’ve not had a glass of wine. So we’ve been turning the TV off and heading to bed at 9pm most nights for an hour of reading before we go to sleep.
My tastes have always been fairly eclectic, but I think with the last ten books I’ve read I may have surpassed myself.
Sarah Brown – Behind the Black Door
Mark Thomas – Extreme Rambling
Caitlin Moran – Moranthology
Robin Harper – Dear Mr Harper
Marian Keyes – The Mystery of Mercy Close
Raja Shehadeh – Palestinian Walks
Gaby Hinsliff – Half a Wife
Mourid Barghouti – I Saw Ramallah
Train Dreams – Denis Johnson
Alan Warner – The Deadman’s Pedal
They were all, believe it or not, really good in their own way. I always find that I need to switch between fiction and non-fiction like that. If I read too much non-fiction then I find myself endlessly huffing and puffing about politics, and getting frustrated about all the wrongs in the world. And if I read too much fiction then I go too far the other way and just find myself switching off from what’s going on because imagined worlds are so much better!
The stack beside my bed that I’ve got to read now contains: The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling (which I’ve just started and am enjoying so far), You are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier, The Filter Bubble – What the Internet is Hiding from You by Eli Pariser (I think that’s one is going to scare me quite a bit), The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, An Equal Music by Vikram Seth, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Have you read anything good recently? Any recommendations?