I had convinced myself that I had failed on both of my two book challenges for 32 Before 32; I had left both of them really late, and though I gave up on reading ten books from 1982 a while ago, I tried to rally on reading ten non-fiction books in the week before my birthday. I had Boy by Roald Dahl that I was going to read, and I had Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron on my Kindle, and I was going to blitz through them, and get them read in time for my birthday, and that would be ten in total. It didn’t happen, so up until about five minutes ago, I was thinking “That’s a shame, I missed both of my book challenges for this year.” Then I was looking back through the books I have read so far this year, and I realised that there are two non-fiction titles on there that I read for my Essex Life column, that I didn’t count at the time towards my total. There are various reasons for this, but I’m willing to change my mind now, because it means that I get to tick off another item!
Much like my observation that a portion of my Photo an Hour photos were Wittertainment-related, please note how four of the ten books I read were by Mark Kermode! Slightly ridiculous maybe, but as I have mentioned a couple of times, I have become completely obsessed with Wittertainment in the past year, and have voraciously consumed everything I can that has even the vaguest connection with the radio show – books written by one of the hosts (or the contributor) fall into this category.
My favourite two books that I read as part of this challenge were probably the first and last: My Life by David Jason, and The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell. Both completely different books, but utterly charming in their own way.
I’m really pleased to have completed this challenge, even if I thought I hadn’t. I wanted to try and read more non-fiction, and I’ve obviously managed this. I still want to try and read more, so I’m making a loose resolution to read one a month. This won’t be monitored in any way, so when I inevitably fail, there will be very little record of it, but I have a long list of non-fiction books that I want to read, so I’m going to try hard!
2. Read ten non-fiction books