I shall start the year by reading Anzio by Lloyd Clark. Anzio was the location in Italy of a WW2 battle in 1944 in which my father, Peter Mather, fought. He “celebrated” his 22nd birthday during one of the bloodiest battles in Europe, and this will help me remember a beautiful man. Today, 10th January 2022 would have been his 100th birthday, and I finished reading about Anzio.
I am now reading…Amazon Adventure by Willard Price, another book with a background story. Many hours of my childhood were spent in the library in my hometown Beeston, Nottingham and this is the earliest book I can remember reading. So, about sixty years later I have decided to read it for the second time!
Violeta – Isabel Allende
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
Open Water – Caleb Azumah Nelson, winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2021, and one of the most dismal books I’ve read in recent years….thankfully only 144 pages long.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
Salvador – Joan Didion…which I finished while visiting El Salvador for a week in March.
Belize: A Novel – Carlos Ledson Miller…which will be my next sailing destination after Mexico.
Our Wives Under the Sea – Julia Armfield
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
Summer of ‘69 – Elin Hilderbrand
Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel
Central America’s Forgotten History – Aviva Chomsky
The Lamplighters – Emma Stonex
The Mayan Secrets – Clive Cussler
Nomad – James Swallow
The End of the World Running Club – Adrian J Walker
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – Kim Michele Richardson
Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World – Anthony Sattin
Nottingham – Nathan Makaryk
Travelling in a Strange Land by Irish author David Park, a story which begins in Belfast, where I happen to be in mid-July.
Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle – Luke Jennings, which is my 250th book since sailing out of Hull marina in 2014.
The Last Bookshop in London – Madeline Martin, in which the heroine, Grace reads my next book….
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandra Dumas.
The Tree of Yoga – B. K. S. Iyengar
A Little Bit of Yoga – Meagan Stevenson
Killing Eve: No Tomorrow – Luke Jennings
Killing Eve: Die for Me – Luke Jennings, the third and final book in the fabulous series.
Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler, the sequel to The Big Sleep which I read in 2019.
Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala – Stephen Schlesinger & Stephen Kinzer, my 30th book of the year.
Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate – Jack Ewing, which is based in Costa Rica where I am in November.
Tapping the Source – Kem Nunn, a surfing novel for my surf/yoga trip to Costa Rica.
Occupation Circumnavigator – Lars Hässler
I am now reading…The Passenger – Cormac McCarthy, which I will probably finish in January as my first book of 2023.