Now the darker nights are coming, I have taken stock of what I have read so far this year… and it turns out that 2017 has so far been a year of primarily reading popular (and what some might call ‘trash’) fiction.
The thread that weaves itself through the year so far is the series called Rutshire Chronicles, by Jilly Cooper. Nearly everyone I told I was reading these told me that they had read them as a teenager, either giving me funny looks or being very enthusiastic, wanting to share who their favourite characters are. I am glad that I read these: I learned some new words (Well, I say “learned” – I have a list of words I didn’t know before and can’t remember now), I learned what a regard ring is (and, as part of research, also what an adore ring is), and I was entertained by (most of) the stories.
I also read some Jerry Cotton novels, some books by Jeffrey Archer, some detectives novels I have picked up in pubs, and some books on information behaviour and mentoring. And as in previous years, Goodreads has been an invaluable tool to keep track of my reading. Some of the reviews have also helped when I was unsure whether to give up on a book or stick with it for a few more pages. (Generally, give up when it’s boring. It’s unlikely to get better.)
My to-read list has nine books on it at the moment, which should get me through the rest of the year, but any recommendations are welcome!