So sometimes the most you get to read as a parent is The Gruffalo for the twenty-zillionth time. Here are Sarah's (and baby Indy's) favourite toddler-friendly books while I make block towers in the background:
Look, February is a short month, okay? And I got ahead of myself in January, so it balances up. My total this month is a slightly underwhelming 5, but that's 14 in total which is aaaaalmost on target. Here's what I read:
- We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (alright, it's not technically a 'book' - more of an essay, but it's still worth reading)
- Shakespeare and the Arts of Language by Russ McDonald
- The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead
- Station Eleven by Emily St James Mandel
- The Anti-Inauguration by Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anand Gopal, and Owen Jones
Favourite: Shakespeare and the Arts of Language because SHAKESPEARE and LINGUISTICS and a whole chapter on PUNS!
Least favourite: Station Eleven because I like my dystopia less focused on Hollywood lifestyles and more on gritty realism.
Next up: The Power by Naomi Alderman, awwww yisssss.
Oh, and we also did another video update, check it:
So I'm attempting to read 100 books in 2017 which is an excellent way of curtailing my social media addiction and working through the pile of to-be-reads that has been pining for attention for so, so long.
One month down, I'm 10 books up. Here's what I've read so far:
- Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes by Cory O'Brien
- Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
- The Raging Sea by Dennis M Powers
- Saga Volume 6 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth
- Nod by Adrian Barnes
- The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
- Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
- To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North
Favourite read: Americanah, oh my life. Oh. My. Life. I loved this book.
Least favourite: Nod. Eh. Good concept but disappointing execution.
Next up: Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, which I've been 20% through for about a year and neeeeeeeed to finish.
That's 8.33-recurring books per month, or 1.92 books per week, or 0.27 books per day.
It's a challenge, is what it is, put to me by fantastic author and all round brilliant person Vanessa Gebbie. I got a Kindle for Christmas so I over-confidently said I was game. And here we are.
There's a Facebook group to post up your latest read here, and an introduction to the whole ridiculous affair by me and my Writers' HQ other half, Sarah Lewis below.
Join us. Join ussssssssss.