It was at this year's Hay on Wye Literary Festival that it dawned on me: I'm not as big a fan of reading as I think I am. I used to be a voracious reader, and it enjoy it immensely, but the stats don't lie. No matter how much I've tried implementing different routines, no matter how much I've wanted and willed myself to read, for the past eighteen month or so the results have been pretty paltry.
So, I have taken the plunge with audio books (a format that I have often, in the past, sneered at) figuring that to listen to an audio book is better than no reading at all, and I shall see how it goes. This won't replace hard copy reading - I still have a pretty healthy list of 'real' books to get through, and am ploughing my way earnestly through two at the moment, but hopefully it will make the whole process a lot easier and - here's the important bit - enjoyable.
I've stuffed my Audible wish list full of items I optimistically hope to consume over the coming months; from self-help to business, foreign languages, biography and memoir, and a few hitherto unread classics as well. First up on the menu is Agatha Christie's Poirot's Early Cases, which I must have read, and probably even own a copy of somewhere, and How To Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. A book that was recommended to me three years ago, but have never gotten around to reading.