I always have a list as long as my arm of books to read, so this Autumn I've decided to list 5 that I definitely want to have finished by the time December, and Winter, descend.
- Patti Smith - Just Kids
- Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time
- John Williams - Stoner
- Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho
- Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms
These are books that I've had sat on my shelves for months, some even years, and haven't got further than rifling through the pages. Hopefully publishing a reading list will spur me into action!
I work for a public library service and volunteer at weekends for an Oxfam bookshop, so I am constantly surrounded by temptation and often abandon the more challenging reads in favour of something easier.
It saddens me that I don't have as much time to read anymore as I used to do, so I've been downloading eBooks from the e-library as I always carry my tablet with me for work. I use the Overdrive app for Android and, whilst it can be a bit clumsy to navigate at first, once you familiarise yourself with the navigation buttons it functions quite nicely.
I didn't think that I'd enjoy reading novels from a screen, but I've actually found it surprisingly enjoyable so far. I really like the fact that you can check what percentage of the book you've read, highlight words to look them up using an online dictionary and that the app automatically saves your place with a 'bookmark'. Using a tablet rather than an e-reader though does mean that it tends to get a bit heavy if I've been holding it up for a while, and of course you don't get the feel of holding a book or that new/old book smell.
What are you reading at the moment? Do you have favourites that you return to at this time of year, to curl up in an armchair by the fire with? Or are you searching for something new and exciting to escape the dreary monotony of the onset of Winter? Let me know in the comments!