I have a pile of books to read (currently 46, shared between the kindle, iBooks and the wobbly pile of mixed paper-and-hardbacks on my coffee table). I also have a few on my shelves that I want to re-read. And a very long wish-list of books I don’t yet own.
I finished both my main Goodreads challenge and my personal summer challenge early, and in theory, all I have shouting “finish me!” are my two reading group books (Sebald’s Rings of Saturn and Drabble’s Pure Gold Baby).
I have scheduled reading times for book groups, so what to do the rest of the time?
The answer is always a random pick from my physical book pile and a random pick from my e-book “pile”. At the moment, my e-book is the latest Harry Hole, and my physical book is one of the slim Penguin classics (Kafka’s The Trial).
But – I follow authors and readers on Twitter, and they keep making recommendations. By coincidence this morning, two recommendations caught my eye: a short story by Miranda July; and a novel by Clare North that just happened to have the word “August” in the title. That set me off of course. I thought I would end up with a mix of author names and titles, but in the end, my calendar reads for the rest of the year are all title-based except for July.
I’m probably going to to do this for the whole of next year, as a sort of side quest to my main challenge.
Here they are:
No one belongs here more than you: Miranda July
The first fifteen lives of Harry August: Claire North
The Septembers of Shiraz: Dalia Sofer
October the first is too late: Fred Hoyle
Butterflies in November: Audur Ava Òlafsdóttir
December: Phil Rickman
I intend to be very disciplined and only read one of these a month. Let’s see how it goes.