I set my reading goal with Goodreads for 2020 at 50 books, an increase of 10 on 2019. Now at the halfway mark I find I am 3 books behind schedule.
This is not the full picture, some of those 22 books weren’t really books at all. I included a few short story audiobooks I listened to on Youtube and added those to swell the books read numbers. These included The Magic Shop by H G Wells (27:12 minutes), The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov (14:46 mins) and Hallucination by Isaac Asimov (49:17) minutes. Of the books I felt worthy of listing and which I have reviewed on this blog, I only count 14 books this year.
The only person I am cheating is myself, there is no prize for meeting the target. I thought with the Pandemic lockdown I might read more, but that hasn’t been the case. In January 1997, in a similar situation; I was looking after my sick first wife, isolated in a small village in Corsica, then I read 19 books in one month, my personal record. The difference between then and now is that now I have access to the internet, and waste many an hour on Facebook and other sites to my shame, when I could be reading. Before the Pandemic I was mostly reading on public transport, now I rarely use public transport as my teaching has moved online.
This month is #JaneAustenJuly I have joined a readalong on Goodreads, I have read the first 200 pages of “Emma” from a physical book.
The challenges are:
1. Read one of Jane Austen’s six novels
2. Read something by Jane Austen that is not one of her main six novels
3. Read a non-fiction work about Jane Austen or her time
4. Read a retelling of a Jane Austen book
5. Read a book by a contemporary of Jane Austen
6. Watch a direct screen adaptation of a Jane Austen book
7. Watch a modern screen adaptation of a Jane Austen book
I watched “Clueless” a film loosely based on Emma and hope to soon watch the 2020 film “Emma.” with Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role.