You may have seen a list of 100 books doing the rounds on Facebook. It purports to be from the BBC who claim that most people have read no more than 6. In light of this, my score of 20-odd seemed pretty decent, until I did some digging. Turns out it has nothing to do with the BBC – it’s from an online poll for World Book Day where
“2,000 people who took part in the poll online at worldbookday.com nominated their top 10 titles that they could not live without”.
So, it’s a top 100 list as voted by … people, with a built-in high-score mechanism to appeal to people’s competitive side.
My interest was certainly piqued. I like to read, but I’m not good at finding things to read; this list could solve my “what do I read now?” dilemma for quite some time (assuming a couple of weeks per book, about 4 years). It also gives me a goal, useful for dispelling existential angst, but it’s a private goal. Hence this blog.
I’m going to read my way through this top 100 list (or one very like it), and post thoughts, comments, and the odd book review. Hopefully this will be entertaining. If not, at least I have the illusion of an audience to keep me going. I don’t guarantee I will finish every book, but I will try to. There’s no specific time limit – as I said, it could take about 4 years – but I should at least be adding something every couple of weeks.
So that’s my goal. You’re welcome to share the journey.