Reading isn’t a race, but when Goodreads invites me to set myself a target, and offers to monitor my progress, I’m happy to join in. For the past few years, I’ve aimed for 100 books, smugly confident I’ll sail across the finishing line before the trees shed their leaves. But not this year. Based on my stats so far, I’ll be lucky to reach my centenary by Christmas.
Fortunately, because I’m buying more books rather than getting them from publishers, I’m relieved the pressure to read for a time-sensitive review. And, although I still enjoy sharing my detailed thoughts on most books, I’ve granted myself the freedom to write micro reviews of others. It’s not necessarily the case that I didn’t appreciate these books as much, as I hope you’ll see from the six below. I invite you to admire how I have managed to fiddle with the cold so that the cover images appear on alternate sides of the page. (Well, I was impressed!)