Next week is the Bout of Books readathon, and after much deliberation, I've decided to take part. I've participated once before and had a lot of fun, so it'll be nice to join in. My goals this time are going to be modest, as I'm working and 36 weeks pregnant. However, I do need to rest more, so sitting down in the evening with a book can only be a good thing. Got to get as many books in as possible before the baby is born! With that in mind, my only goal is to read for one hour a day. I'm not fussed about how many pages I read or how many books I finish.
As I'm a fickle reader, I've picked out a wide range of books that I can choose from, depending on my mood. The stack on the left are shorter books I own, and the stack on the right are from the library. These are the books I'll be choosing from:
- A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimar McBride - This one's on the Bailey's Prize short-list, so I grabbed it when I saw it on the new books shelf. The style of writing seems to be quite unusual, so I have a feeling I'll either love it or hate it.
- The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne - My easy read pick, I know I'll just race through this one. It's a romance about a girl who is cataloguing heirlooms in a Scottish castle. Perfect escapism!
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Another quick, easy read. A teenage girl misses her plane and then falls in love with someone whilst stuck at the airport.
- Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin - This has been on my wishlist for a while. It's set in Rwanda and is the story of a woman running a baking business, through which she comes to know the stories of the women in her community.
Books I Own:
- 10 Billion by Stephen Emmott - This is a non-fiction book about what will happen to the planet when the human population reaches 10 billion. It's mainly graphs and images, so is the quickest book I have on my potentials list. I will definitely be reading this at some point.
- Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones - Set in Bourgainville, a tropical island on the brink of civil war, a white teacher uses Great Expectations as his only textbook.
- A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo - This was on the Orange Prize shortlist a few years back. Zhang is a Chinese migrant to London, who falls in love with an older English man, despite not being able to speak English.
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo - I am determined to finally read this, I've been wanting to ever since it was first published.
- Minaret by Leila Aboulela - Najwa comes from a wealthy Sudanese family, but circumstances have made her into a cleaner in London.
- The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna - A story centred around childbirth through time may not be the best choice right now, but I am drawn to it.
So those are my potential reads - but I reserve the right to change my mind entirely and read nothing from the list! As I won't be able to read them all, are there any books you think I should pick out first?