Amazon’s editors have chosen 100 books you’ve really got to read. and followed it up on GoodReads where you can add your own and vote all the choices up and down. There are some strange choices in it and I wonder if Amazon haven’t allowed marketing matters to have a great deal of influence in their choices – for one thing, the books seem to have to be currently available in print and Kindle, and there is a surprising shortage of books in the public domain from sites like Project Gutenberg (Don Quixote for example). That’s what you expect from a book-seller I suppose. On the whole I prefer Peter Boxall’s collection of 1001 books.
The weather in Britain has been appalling this winter – January was the wettest since records began in 1910. I live at the coast and this week it’s been pretty rough with no sign of any change:
So very different from summer:
At least it gives us plenty of time to read when it’s too wet to go out.