The first short to-read list of 2018!

Last year I made my very long to-read list more manageable by periodically selecting ten books to read from it. That way, instead of having to pick from nearly 100 books, I only had to pick from 10, which is a much easier choice. Plus, I could select those ten books in advance, to make sure my choice was fairly balanced and I didn’t just end up read 10 scifi books in a row, for example.

My reading habits changed a lot during the last couple of months of 2017 and I found myself reading more books simultaneously. Usually I’d have about four on the go, whereas in the past it was more likely to be just one or two. I’d read a book for work on the train in the morning, a book for fun on the train home, I’d have a book that was too big for my handbag (looking at you, House of Leaves) on my bedside table, and quite possible an emergency book on my Kindle that I could read on my phone if I finished the other things I was carrying.

I don’t know how much I like this system. I read everything more slowly, but it does force me to read books for work, as well as (literally) heavier tomes, which I’d otherwise put off. On balance, I guess that’s a good thing.

Anyway, the short lists definitely worked well, regardless of my reading habits in any other respect. So, I’m picking it up again this year. I’ll continue to leave a couple of slots open for book club choices and to not include the books I’ll read for work (although I will still track everything on Goodreads). Here’s the first list:

  1. Book club choice #1 – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  2. Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
  3. The Golem by Gustav Meyrink
  4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  5. The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios
  6. Book club choice #2
  7. Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
  8. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  9. Birds Art Life Death by Naomi Alderman
  10. A Little Book of Language by David Crystal

That should be a good blend of old and new, fact and fiction and lit fic vs genre fic. In so far as any of that matters. Work wise, I’m starting out with Concentrate: Company Law, but my boss keeps hinting that I should probably read “The Big Black Book,” which is a massive patent law tome that really isn’t designed for reading cover-to-cover and which no normal person would read cover-to-cover, so I probably will. Eventually.

Meanwhile, my first Reading in Heels subscription box just arrived (more about that later) with my copy of Birds Art Life Death which I cannot wait to read but don’t plan to read first, so there’s every chance that I won’t finish it before the February box rolls around and I guess I’ll  just have to live with that? Oh and my work colleagues want me to run a book club as well so basically I have zero chance of keeping up but I’m going to have a lot of fun trying!


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