In this financial year…
I have LOST time. Extra minutes stolen before running to the tube for work. Guilty pages on the broken bench outside the fitness centre. Secret hours clocked up between sofa and shutters, home alone before shift work with no-one to account to.
I have GAINED so much – from the inside of other peoples’ heads.
Note to self. Try to be more mindful, more measured, less greedy a reader. Here are words to jog memories, from the books I’ve inhaled. An audit, of sorts.
Matthew Thomas “We Are Not Ourselves”. Losing.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk”. Iraq.
Dave Eggers “The Circle”. Google.
David Mitchell “The BoneClocks”. Brilliant. *
“Elizabeth is Missing”. Memory. *
“Virginia Woolf in Manhattan”. Wit.
Kate Gross. “Late Fragments”. Voice.
Nazila Fathi “The Lonely War”. Iran.
Marilynne Robinson, “Gilead”, “Home”, “Lila”. Iowa. *
Esther Freud, “Mr Mac and Me”. Suffolk.
Celeste Ng, “Everything I Never Told You”. Secrets.
Malcolm Gladwell, “Blink”. Instincts.
Markus Zusak, “The Book Thief”. Nazis.
Richard Flanagan “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”. Prisoners.
Malcolm Gladwell “David and Goliath”. Leverage.
John Lancaster, “How to Speak Money”. Primer.
Karen Joy Fowler, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”. Wild.
Stephen Grosz, “The Examined Life: how we find and lose ourselves”. Detached.
Dave Eggers, “The Circle”. Orwell. *
Audrey Magee, “The Undertaking”. Resonant.
Joshua Ferris, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour”. Dentist!
Elanor Dymott, “Every Contact leaves a Trace”. Oxford.
Rose Tremain, “The Road Home”. Migrant. *
Zadie Smith, “NW”, “Autograph Man”, “White Teeth”. London.
Ian Morris, “War”. Framework.
Neil Gaiman, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”. Mindbending. *
And tonight, more of “H is for Hawk.” And so many more stacked untidily by my bed.
What have I missed that’s a must? Feel free to tell me here or on Twitter @PhilippaBBC.