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Helen Harper

Reading…and reading…and reading…

  • March 10, 2015
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Sometimes I have a love-hate relationship with my e-reader.

 

Despite my best efforts, I currently have 152 books waiting to be read. That’s not to mention the ones I started then decided I wasn’t in the mood for and have carefully moved to a folder named ‘Later’. There are 32 books there. (It’s probably better to forget entirely about the ones I have started but have no intention of ever finishing or the paperbacks still waiting to be read and languishing on my shelves).

 

It’s not really my fault. I read news articles and reviews that mention books which sound interesting so I buy them. I wander past posters in bookshop windows and immediately click to buy on my phone. I receive daily emails about books from Amazon and Bookbub and …. half the world sometimes it seems. I used to panic when I was a kid that I’d die in the middle of the night and never find out what happens at the end of the book I happened to be reading at the time. At this rate, I’ll have enough to read for several times over.

 

I bring all this up because the Bailey’s long list has just been announced. Last year I made a concerted effort to read the Booker long list. I didn’t quite manage it – there were still two titles to go by the time the shortlist was announced but now I feel I need to give the Bailey’s prize the same attention. Just to be fair! Out of pure chance, I’ve already read three on the list – just seventeen to go. I might not be talking to anyone anytime soon…

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