Four years ago I graduated with a degree in English Literature and one of the things I noticed was that during that time, I had done next to no reading for pleasure. I resolved to correct that and to fix an obvious bias in my reading against modern fiction.
Then I did nothing about it. I did a post-graduate degree and continued to read little for pleasure. In the meantime I acquired a girlfriend and then a fiancée from the United States and learned that not only was my knowledge of modern fiction inadequate, so too was my knowledge of US history.
Being something of a goal-oriented person, I decided to set myself objectives. To gradually read through all books that were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and to read a biography of every President of the United States (chronologically). I feel these rather neatly represent the transatlantic nature of my life.
So here goes…