Following the ground-breaking news that the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is going to read some books this year, I would like to offer you the exclusive information that I, too, am going to read in 2015.
While Mr. Zuckerberg is aiming for 26 books before the end of the year, I am not setting myself a target - my book consumption dropped from about three a month to just over one a month on average after having a baby! And while he will read to learn about "different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies", I will read to have fun and relax (but a big cheer for Mark Zuckerberg for summing up one of the most important things reading can do for you!). If you are on Facebook, you can join in with his reading challenge here.
The first book Mark Zuckerberg has announced he's reading has already sold out. If he's reading this (and why wouldn't he be?) I'd like to humbly suggest my own novel, The Art of Letting Go for his next read!
But what about me? On top of a wonderful collection of books I received as Christmas presents I had a couple of years' worth of book vouchers from birthdays and Christmas to spend. I haven't spent them all, but my husband and I did go on a spree a week or so ago. The result of this shopping trip, plus Christmas, looks something like this*:
Have you read any of these? Any gems in there? What I love about this pile is the mix: light fiction, more literary fiction, non-fiction, authors I love, authors I don't know, authors I've always meant to read, books I've wanted for ages, books I've never heard of, books I've come across through reading reviews or the results of major competitions, and of course, a little bit of cosy crime at the top there (reading cosy crime is my delicious guilty pleasure!)
Missing from this photograph are the books we're currently reading - Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz for Paul, and The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude for me (more cosy crime!) I hope to get through most of the fiction in this pile this year, as well as browsing the non-fiction. I still have a to-be-read pile from last year to dip in and out of as well, plus I intend to read a couple more from the list of books you've been suggesting for me. What will you be reading in 2015?
For those who are interested, the youngest member of our household got plenty of books for Christmas too. This Little Monkey, Slinky Malinky, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Perky the Pukeko and the complete Beatrix Potter boxset to name but a few.
I'll leave you with a quotation from Mark Zuckerberg himself: "I've found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you
to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most
*Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by MC Beaton / Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell / Perfect by Rachel Joyce / To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris / Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen / 1411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways from the television programme / Where Was Rebecca Shot (Puzzles in Literature) by John Sutherland / The Broken by Tamar Cohen / Wonderbook (The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction) by Jeff Vandermeer / Knowledge is Beautiful from the organisation Information is Beautiful.