Each year I set myself a goal of reading 12 or so books, and then at the end of the year I try to come here and review them. It's a silly idea, because I can barely remember what I thought at the time when it comes to doing the review.
So this year I've made a change. Instead of just a number of books, I've picked fourteen actual books and as I finish them I'm going to come here and update this post. My aim is 12, but I chose 14 because I'm bound to want to abandon at least one if not two.
This does mean, of course, that you'll all see me start off with good ambitions and slowly stall before, in about November, realising I'm well behind and going on a reading spree.
Books marked with a 🎧 are audiobooks.
- Shop Girl - Mary Portas 🎧
I found myself disappointed that I'd come to the end of this, which is a rarity because even with books I've enjoyed reading by the final few chapters it's starting to feel a bit predictable. Onto the next challenge and all that. This book, however, concluding as it does while Mary is still progressing through the early stages of her career and continuing to recover from the loss of her Mother and Father, was a disappointment to reach the end of. Autobiographies are always a win with me, and given I've been enjoying Mary's work on the telly for many years I'm not surprised that I enjoyed it - particularly as she read it herself. My surprise with the fact that stores used to have prop departments and employ oh-so-many people to dress windows was only replaced with sadness when I got thinking about how much we lose with our mass-produced world. I'm hoping there's a second book on the way.
📅 9 February 2018 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Still to come
- The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance - Tony Schwartz
- Who Really Runs Britain?: The Private Companies Taking Control of Benefits, Prisons, Asylum, Deportation, Security, Social Care and the NHS - Alan White
- Myths of Leadership: Banish the Misconceptions and Become a Great Leader - Jo Owen
- Too Much Information... or Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us Are Trying to Think - Dave Gorman
- Me. You: A Diary - Dawn French
- Lessons I've Learned - Davina McCall 🎧
- The Happy Depressive: In prsuit of Personal and Political Heappiness - Alastair Campbell 🎧
- And Furthermore - Judi Dench 🎧
- Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine - Derren Brown
- Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography - Richard Brason
- Anita and Me - Meera Syal
- Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! - Nicholas Carlson
- The Joy of Tax - Richard Murphy
Nothing yet. There's still plenty of time.