Let me explain to you my relationship with books. I want books. All the books. I haven’t got time to read them, but I want them. I’m going to buy them and worry about reading them later. They’re wonderful, they make me smile. I want to be surrounded by books I don’t have time to read.
Recently, someone asked me how many books I currently have on my to-read list. I think they were hoping to rope me into another book. Well, my trusty Goodreads app tells me I have 163 books on my to-read list. But let’s be honest, fellow Goodreads users, that list is a bit of a wishlist. Dear Santa, if I had the time, these are the books I’d like to read.
I decided then just to focus on the books I have in my hand at the moment. I’ve four in ebook form, including my current reading Moses In Chains. In paperback, I’m reading The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and have these in the pile of to-read:
So that’s about fifty-one…
Now, on the face of it, I’m sure that looks a little… ridiculous? It’s definitely a bit of a talking point with visitors. Why, yes, it’s something of an installation piece… the Tate Modern has expressed interest…
But if you’ve read my post on what to do when you forget how to read, you’ll understand that this Monument to the Unread Written Word is partly the backlog caused my being unable to read new books throughout 2016. And there are books in here I’m dying to get started on, like The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells and Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders. Some were bought as research for my steampunk novel and some are classics I need to catch up on. All must be read.
Wish me luck!
Only a brief post today, because I’m getting ready for the highlight of my writing year. As this post is published, I will be at the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School in Derby.
I’m excited and terrified and everything in between! It’s been a dream of mine for a long time, but working up the nerve is something else entirely. I don’t know what to expect, but it’ll be an experience! There’s going to be some amazing talks with well-known authors and some brilliant courses.
But never fear! For anyone who has grown used to my rambly bi-weekly posts on whatever subject is currently preoccupying me, I’ve lined up the posts this week so there will be no quiet patch.
See you all soon!