You may have seen the pile of books on my bedside table, waiting to be read. You may also have noticed that they are stacked in size order – I am the first to admit that I am a touch OCD about certain things (at my last end-of-year work “prizegiving” in London, I was given an award for having the tidiest desk imaginable) – and I fully intended to read them in that order, starting from the top.
However, there was a flaw in my plan: as new books were added to the pile, there were surely going to be none bigger than “The Count of Monte Christo” or “Gormenghast”, which meant I would never get around to reading them.
So I took the plunge, and this is what I’m reading this week (and probably for the next seven months, from the number of pages – 894, including notes, excluding introduction – and the size of the font – miniscule; hopefully I’ll get through this month’s ‘Your Home & Garden’ a bit quicker!):
Tiny is currently obsessed with this lot (there’s a lot of “baabaa! baabaa!”, “gobble gobble” and “roar!” to be heard around our place right now):
and I’m trying recipes from these little gems (last night it was lemongrass and lime chicken burgers with spicy slaw. Thanks, Bill Granger – hope you don’t mind that I used turkey instead of chicken?):