A Year of Reading Frugally: Months Nine and Ten

A line of bookshelves, mostly full, runs from the left of the picture away into the distance. Bulbs hang from the ceiling illuminating them.

One thing I am learning from this challenge is that my purchase of physical books and audiobooks are far less impulsive than my e-book buying. As such I’m finding that The List is mostly populated with e-books and when I look through I now cannot quite fathom what the initial attraction was. This lack of connection with many of the books has meant that, give how much I am still struggling with finding the energy to connect with new things, I’ve found choosing from The List uninspiring at times. Which is not to say that I haven’t found anything I’ve wanted to read on there. It’s just meant that it’s been a far easier proposition to return to old favourites for re-reading or simply not read at all, which is very unlike me.

This goes some way to explaining why I’ve only ticked off another eight from The List:

  1. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  2. The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans
  3. Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes
  4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  5. The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill
  6. For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
  7. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
  8. How the World Thinks by Julian Baggini

All of these books were good but if I had to pick just one to recommend it would be The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield; a lush mystery involving books and secrets and fascinating characters that had me spellbound from start to finish. I have now read every single book Diane Setterfield has published and I am desperately hoping for more from her in the future.


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