As October is slowly approaching so is my looming 40 Things to Do Before 40 list. One of the items on my list was to read 40 Books Before 40. The idea stemmed from the fact that since having kids, I never find the time to read anymore. It was strange as when I was young I would read all the time and then when I started working, I didn’t have that much spare time but then when I had the girls I had even less. I realised in October 2016 when I was making my 40 Things Before 40 list that this is one goal I really need to work on, and more importantly find a way to work reading back into my life.

I am still trying to find the best way to make it a more regular thing, but I have realised that my reading style is a bit anti-social. I am not one of those people who can read a book fo a half an hour or so everyday until it is done; and instead I get “obsessed” with the book and have to block out hour chunks to read and so I usually end up reading a book in a day or so. The ideal situation being now when I am on a plane, or it is the holidays/weekend and the kids are busy with their own thing. Also, whereas before I would read all sorts of books, nowadays I just can’t bear to read something that is too mind consuming, so I avoid thrillers, crime, biographies, self-help, basically anything intense (which I do realise is actually most books) and instead am only keen on reading novels, adventure, romance – yes! basically “chic-lit.”

But I decided not to beat myself up about my “new” reading style and instead embrace the fact that reading is suppossed to fun, it really is just for one’s own enjoyment and so I should read whatever I like, whenever I like. Consequently, as I am no longer putting pressure on myself to read at the right time or read the right book, I find that in these past 6 months I have read more books than I did when I set my goal back in Oct 2016. Therefore just a few more books to meet my goal; YAY! and I am going to continue to have this as an annual goal of reading at least one book a month. And hopefully, add in a bonus book that is outside my comfort zone too.

Which brings me to my latest read: Courting Trouble. The book is about a lawyer who gets the boot and her husband leaves her all on the same day. But the real focus is the new case she takes on where a gran has taken the law into her own hands to defend her granddaughter. Having never read a Kathy Lette book, I didn’t know what to expect and I have to say whilst I enjoyed the overall story line, I am not a fan of her writing. For me the words seemed a bit “crude” on the one hand and then too many comic “one-liners” on the other. I can see how some people would like this kind of style, but sadly it’s not for me. So sorry, no recommendation from my side.