I have sorted out ten books to read this year. Ten.
Not much of a challenge for some people but I must confess the amount of books I’ve read in the last four years can be counted on one hand. That’s if I generously count the one I gave up on forty pages in and then read an online synopsis of for closure!
There are several books I badly want to read but haven’t included them because I need to be back into reading before attempting them. A couple of Paul Auster novels, The Bone Clocks, and some crazy fantasy about a guy travelling through a magical forest…
I’ve tried to put in a couple of easy reads, a couple of self -help type of books, and a couple of challenging ones. I need a challenge but I don’t want to get discouraged quickly.
I used to read a lot. I’d quite often have three or four books on the go. Then came Baby Brain, and then the Internet. 140 characters? I struggle now Twitter has 280….JK.
So I have my ten and I’m pleased to say I finished the first one. Within three days! I was very lucky though because I seem to have instinctively started with the best one.
I started with The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. A surprise Christmas present from hubby that sounded a bit meh when I read the back.
Basically man adopts cat, man takes cat on road trip to visit old friends. Meh.
This book is a blessing. It’s easy to read, a beautiful story, with characters that are easy to love. In spite of their flaws. Funny and sweet but with a few emotional punches to never be forgotten. This book has single handedly reminded how magical it is to be whisked away into life for a bit. To get totally wrapped up in a story and take pleasure in the words.
Thoroughly recommended, and I’m itching to read another of my ten! It’s not just for cat lovers. Honest.