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This Year In Books (Part II)

Find Part I here. 19 ⤜ Men Explain Things To Me, by Rebecca Solnit A favourite writer covers a favourite (if only it weren’t so necessary) topic. 20 ⤜ Skyfaring, by Mark Vanhoenacker A pilot’s musings on flying. Sparkling writing and another favourite non-fiction read of the year. Read it on board an aeroplane, if you can, for extra submersion in its absorbing subject matter. 21 ⤜ The Gustav Sonata, by Rose Tremain A heart-warming and endearing portrayal of two boys, turned men, in wartime Switzerland. 22 ⤜ A Spool Of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler An engaging family drama in Tyler’s endearing, relatable style. 23 ⤜ H Is For Hawk, by Helen MacDonald Another favourite of the year, again for its glittering style and ability to make birds of prey interesting to this…generally disinterested…gal. Almost primal in its appraisal of the natural world, painful to read in parts due to its portrayal of grief, it is the kind of book you read with a lump in your throat, the kind of book you can’t put …

This Year In Books (Part I)

I adore books – their tidy spines and floppy covers, the rustle of pages turning between my fingertips, even their smell – almost as much as I love reading itself. It’s not an exaggeration to assert that I never feel more myself than when curled up with a book in bed. For me, reading is not so much an escape as a return; to the earliest sense of self I ever had, picking out storybooks from the library at the end of our street. I made it my resolution to read fifty books in 2016, having regressed somewhat in 2015 (thanks, I wrote at the close of year last, to “plenty of travel, the surprise of falling in love, burgeoning friendships, regular meltdowns about the direction of my twenty-somethings and the odd bit of work, too, I promise, all at the frenetic pace of London life”). But of course, time doesn’t slow down in its unceasing onward course; like a river, it only seems to speed up as it heads downstream. A new, more demanding job didn’t help …