2016 started so well, reading-wise. I was making a dent in my Classics Club list, I was reading some cracking new books, I was making some headway with some decent non-fiction. And then March and April happened, and my workload exploded, and my reading record took a nosedive.
It’s not that I’ve read nothing, exactly; more just that everything I’ve read has been somehow work-related. I spoke at two conferences this week, including one in front of around 300 people, and so I worked my way through ‘Talk Like TED’ in an attempt to conquer my suspicion that I’m an appalling public speaker. (I think it helped a little, but the jury’s still out.)
I also read ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg, and yes, it’s a shock that I haven’t read it before. Given that it sits at the intersection of feminism and high technology, it seemed like it would be right up my street, and it was.
I have two other non-fiction books on the go at present – The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, which was recommended to me by a friend at work, and Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed, who was also a speaker at this event last week. The former is good, very witty and engaging, but has led me straight to Scandal, which I’m currently binge-watching. The Matthew Syed book is interesting, but I’m finding myself needing to work through it in small chunks.
So, that’s been my two months in books. There have been signs recently of me getting my fiction mojo back – books that I’d like to read, if only I had the time – and I have two 11-hour flights coming up in May, so I’m hopeful of getting back on track before long. That’s the plan, anyway…..