I’ve always been staunchly again the Kindle. I know it’s a silly hill to die upon but that’s just who I was until a few months ago. My justification was always that you can’t beat a real book – the smell of its pages (even more potent when secondhand obviously), the crack of the spine as you settle in for your newest adventure – I know, I know, there are bound to be people cringing about that last statement but I’m a spine cracker and proud.

But I’ve found myself in a Stephen King renaissance the last few years and I could no longer deal with the heft of his novels. My favourite place to read is in the tub and my delicate wrists (the only delicate thing about me, let’s face it) just couldn’t lift Insomnia anymore. Conversely, I once dropped a copy of IT in the water and it swelled to twice it’s size – quite impressive when it was already the thickness of two telephone books strapped together. My friend Matt displays his books proudly upon his shelves, while I drop mine in the bath, lend them out, leave them on buses and lose them forever.

I should probably be taken out and shot.

Anyway, I finally relented and treated myself to a Kindle small enough to slip in my bag and it’s honestly been a game changer. I can read anywhere I like without fear of spraining my bird-like wrists or weighing myself down. And it must have changed things really because I am already half way through my Goodreads challenge for the year. I’ve never completed it and I think I’ve got a real chance this year. Sure, quarantine might have played a part but I like to think this clever little device has been key.

When we move house (god willing), I’ll have at least an hour’s commute into town and that’s where I think this plan will really come into its own. I can’t wait to plug in and zone out with King or anyone I choose. It’s literally a brave new world just there for the taking. Here’s what I fancy next:

  1. The Southern Books Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
  2. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  3. The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
  4. The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby
  5. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  6. Pine by Francine Toon
  7. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  8. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  9. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

What are you reading?