I would like to think that reading a book a month isn’t too arduous a task for 2021.
For Christmas 2018 I was given a present of Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Prior to this, I was reading maybe a book a year for the last few years.
With ‘Tattooist, I devoured half the book in my first sitting, then purposely got out of bed at 6 am the following morning to finish the remainder of the book. Thus sparked a reading frenzy for 2019, fuelled largely by a Kindle Unlimited account that introduced by to the likes of Mark Dawson’s John Milton, Beatrix and Isabella Rose series of books.
For 2020, reading was thin on the ground. Indeed, I’ve been nursing Edward Snowden’s Permanent Record since October 2019, bought for “my holidays” at the time and I’m fairly sure I’m still a hundred or so pages into the book.
But that’s going to change.
Sticking with my “build a better me” vow for the year, I’m back on the book trail (and movie trail, as it happens) with the intention of consuming 12 books across the year or averaging a book a month.
Some I’ll fly through, some I’ll mull over. I say ‘consume’ as I’m partial to the odd audio book when I’m on the road as an alternative to the constant flow of current affairs on-air.
Avid readers might scoff at the notion and would do 12 books on their lunch breaks, but I’m not exactly the world’s fastest when it comes to reading a book and The Tattooist of Auschwitz was an absolute exception to the rule.
So, for 2021, at the very least I’m going to finish Permanent Record, then knock Mark Dawson’s Killa City off my list so I can move on to Ronin.
I’ve got a copy of John Banville’s latest, Snow, to open up while Chris Hammer’s Silver is also on the table in front of me, though I may need to acquire a copy of Scrublands before I go diving in there.
Cookbooks are stacking up as well and I’ll be introducing a new feature on Ken On Food in relation to ‘cooking the books’ so to speak, but more on that anon.
If you’ve any recommendations to make – cookbook, fiction or otherwise, I’m all ears. Pop a suggestion or a link in the comments and I’ll check it out.