I love books. I love to read, and my ideal day would be to sit quietly with a book and a pot of coffee, when the coffee had gone, then maybe a pot of tea. But all in all quiet, and sustenance both of the mind on the body.

I set myself a challenge each year to read so many books. In 2013, I decided 20 books would be good enough, and managed to read 28, that’s 140% on the challenge. Last year I thought I could do better, and went for 40, and managed to read 64, so that’s 160%. This year I thought I would stick to the 40 books, and with close t0 40 days left of the year I have read 34 books to date. I am one behind schedule, so need to get a move on.

Today I finished reading Yeon-Mi Park, “In Order To Live”. Wow really does not do it justice. What this girl endured through her life at the age of 13 and beyond really was hard to read, including rape and people trafficking to escape the tyranny of North Korea. She opened my eyes to what really goes on in that country, things the mass media do not show due to the country being completely closed to the rest of the world.

I enjoy biographies as you get to see life from another person’s perspective. I will not read the biographies of people who are non-entities in the world, for example, Katie Price, who cares if she got her tits out and made money, she really is a third rate personality, a Z-lister in my eyes. I do not care for the likes of her and other people who really have nothing to say apart from the fact that they made money. Who cares.

I have just started reading “Proud” by Gareth Thomas. A great rugby player and someone who has something interesting to say about his life and dealing with the fact that he is gay. I remember seeing him in Chester many years ago with his partner, and boy is he tall, 6′ 3″ is massive compared to my 5′ 7″ stature.


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