It’s been a summer of rain, gadding about, enjoying a new caravan at the seaside, & recruiting staff for the charity. (Big step, big excitement. Why yes, that does add to my anxiety.)
And reading. I’m usually reading. It keeps me sane and distracts me from the world. I’m less happy when the brain fog won’t let me read, This year I decided to put my habit to some use. My friends at SACA, a charity supporting people living with the rare conditions syringomyelia or Chiari syndrome, were asking people to participate in a marathon, no sweating required. Read 26 books in 12 weeks and either gather sponsorship or make a donation. In fairness, I couldn’t ask anyone to sponsor me for something I love to do, that sustains me, so I made a donation when I got to September.
Then, M, more organised than I, asked if I’d share my list. A list. Why hadn’t I made a list? Luckily, I’d done a lot of the reading on Kindle, and could count back. There were paperbacks left in holiday houses or airports that I can’t remember. Those I recall got added, and I made it to 26. I completed a marathon! The runners among you may stop laughing…
In no particular or predictable order
Skintown by Ciaran McMenamin
Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
The Other Us by Fiona Harper
Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder
Heaven Field by LJ Ross
Rather be the devil by Ian Rankin
Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen
I See You by Clare MacIntosh
Falling & The Beach House by Jane Green
Paper hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews
Dead Men’s Bones & Written in Bones by James Oswald
The Janus Stone & The Crossing Places & The House at Sea’s End & The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
Summer at Bluebell Bank by Jen Mouat
The Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy
The Girls by Emma Cline
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Meet me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell
The Pact by Catriona King
Truly, Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson Ellis
HellFire by Mia Gallagher
Some of these were happy finds as I browsed in bookshops, some were long awaited, some simply cheap. I discovered new-to-me writers and revisted the familiar. There’s gritty crime, fluffy fun romance, and heartbreaking drama. I actively disliked only 2, and one of those was a bookclub choice.
What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?
If you’re motivated to read, sponsor or donate, the #read4saca challenge is accepting donations until the end of September. They’d love to hear from you.