Now, with my new purchase I did have to make an exception to my rule for 2009 of not buying any more books this year (unless it’s for my book club) as we are fit to bursting – the bookshelves are full and little termite book mounds are springing up all over the flat. This is always a bad sign because it means that I need to start speed reading before they take over key pieces of furniture such as the sofa, armchair and bed and that you can’t walk through the flat with the lights off for fear of stubbed toes. We did try the nightclub policy of one in, one out last year and that just resulted in bookcase stagnation.
I have always loved books – it comes from having a bookshop in the family, one with low ceilings, creaky floorboards and a maze of bookshelves. The musty smell of old books conjures up such lovely childhood memories. I scour charity shops for them and my heart always skips a beat when I find a name and date scrawled inside – the oldest I have is 1908. I dream of having a room lined with bookshelves from floor to ceiling. We nearly did that to one end of our sitting room but decided that it would take away too much of our precious space. One day.
A couple of years ago I started to make a note of the books that I'd read - mainly because there is nothing more disappointing than starting a 'new' book only to realise by the 3rd page that you've already read it and had been fooled by the new sparkly cover. I thought I’d pop my 09 list on the blog as an incentive to read faster! Here are the books that I read in 2008 – I thought there would be more, which perhaps explains the book termites...
- Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Fragrant Harbour - John Lanchester
- Goodbye Jimmy Choo - Annie Sanders
- The other side of the story - Marian Keyes
- Hunting Unicorns - Bella Pollen
- The Unnumbered - Sam North
- The Virgin Blue - Tracy Chevalier
- Salmon Fishing in Yemen - Paul Torday
- The Scapegoat - Daphne du Maurier
- The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
- Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
- The Colour - Rose Tremain
- I am Legend - Richard Matheson
- The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Reubenfeld
- Notting Hell - Rachel Johnson
- Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
- The Savage Garden - Mark Mills
- Set in Stone - Linda Newbery
- The Outcast - Sadie Jones
- Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes
- Sepulchre - Kate Mosse
- Stardust - Neil Gaiman
- The Rose of Sebastopol - Katharine McMahon
- East of the Sun - Julia Gregory
- Last Voyage of the Valentina - Santa Montefiore
- Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Have a lovely Sunday, I'm off to limber up for a spot of speed reading and perhaps some hoovering.