A starting point

Reading is important to me in that I’ve been enjoying it nearly all my life.

But a random conversation in the canteen last week about reading novels turned into a discussion of what is important to read? A couple of people were able to name a particular book- Middlemarch was one- but others queried the question.

Is it important to read novels at all? Important for who/what? And if so, what novels are important to read?

This blog highlights one woman‘s lifelong quest to read novels that are important. For a middle aged Scot born in the late 1950s I’d say I am well-read when it comes to fiction. I read across a range of genres, mostly classics, crime, contemporary literary writing, science fiction, and historical novels.  I’m familiar with books about reading novels too, and know about many books I have never read, and genres I have little interest in.

As a starter, here are the 6 books I have most recently read

Charles Bukowski Post Office Lesley Thomson Ghost Girl Jane Smiley Some Luck Ian McEwan Children Act Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Distraction Addiction Andy Miller reading dangerously


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