Whee – it’s a Spree

Lists, lists, lists. I’m obsessed with reading lists. Maybe it’s because I’m having trouble finding a book in which I can lose myself. I don’t really fancy reading any more YA fiction for a while. So I have been in drift mode – grazing on bits and pieces, re-reading old favourites and trying to make up my mind about what to read next. Then my daughter handed me a copy of Nick Hornby’s The Complete Polysllabic Spree. It’s fantastic. A whole book of lists! In month by month articles, it includes everything that Nick Hornby read and bought between September 2003 and June 2006. I sat down and read it in one big gulp. It was serious fun. Nick Hornby writes FUN, not just funny, so well.

The only downside is that most of the books he read and/or purchased were by men. Women writers were thin on the ground (on the page). Ironically, many of his most favoured reads, the ones he absolutely raved about, were by women. But that small criticism aside, it was full of intelligent and passionate ideas about books and reading. A great springboard for a fresh look at what to read next.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

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