For the seasoned book reader, this little pile of paperbacks would pose little obstacle. But for someone who reads as monumentally slowly as I do, this new year’s resolution is going to take some doing! I’ve vowed to read five, but I’m hopeful I’m going to conquer this stack well before the year is out.
Nicholas Drayson: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa
This was given to me by my beloved as a birthday present, as we often joke about the fact that I’m going to be a twitcher in my middle age (the truth is it’s already started. There’s a Garden Bird book poised on the windowsill). I’m about forty pages in and I’m already charmed by the characters, and the fact that there’s a little bird drawing to look forward to at the start of each chapter.
Colleen McCullogh: Tim
Another gift, but this time from my mum. This book is where the inspiration for my name came from (there is a character called Dawnie who I’d like to be acquainted with).
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
This purchase, I’m afraid, was largely born out of my current obsession with the Keira Knightly film adaptation.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
I’ve heard all sorts of good things about this book from several different people.
Aminatta Forna: The Memory of Love
The title doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, but from what I can gather, it’s a dark and brooding novel set in 60s Sierra Leone, which sounds just like my sort of thing.
Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger
My friend Kat’s house sort of serves as a library whenever I visit, and this was her latest suggestion, based on my love of Preeta Samarasan’s Evening is the Whole Day.
Have you read any of these? Can you recommend them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!