So far (I know, it’s only been 6 days!) I am on target but anything could happen over the next three weeks.
I think it has helped that I’ve a) done it twice before (when I wrote a load of twaddle, to be honest) and b) I had a rough plot/idea and some characters already in mind, so I wasn’t starting completely from scratch. In other words, I’ve learned from my mistakes of the last two NaNo occasions, which is something to celebrate!
Novels That ‘Shaped Our World’
As you may have seen, BBC Arts have come up with a list of 100 ‘novels that shaped our world’ (chosen by a panel of ‘leading writers, curators and critics’) and of course, I had to look at it and see how many I’ve read.
Actually, I think they’ve cheated a bit, because quite a few of the ‘novels’ are actually whole series (eg: the Narnia Chronicles, the Twilight Series, the Harry Potter books and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy) but, totting them up, I’ve read a rather shameful 33. Exactly a third. How about you? Here’s the list and be honest, now!
Oh, and a note to a friend of mine who occasionally reads this blog and who has been reading ‘A Suitable Boy’ for about a hundred years (since it was published, in fact).. yes, ‘A Suitable Boy’ is on the list! Hurrah!
Today is ‘National Stress Awareness Day’ and it’s a well-known fact that reading reduces stress, so I will definitely be trying to get through a few more books on that list. Ahem, once November is over…