There was a point early on in reading the new Stephen King novel when I looked at the bottom of the Kindle and realised I was 9% in. I was a bit concerned. It seemed to be going too fast, I began to wish that it was longer. The experience didn’t last for the whole novel but I rattled through all 500 pages in two weeks, which is pretty good for me. Compare this to the six months it took me to read Don Quixote, counting pages every step of the way. I can’t be the only person who does this: working out how long it’s going to take me to read another 50 pages, or to get to 35%. Obviously it’s a sign of not being totally absorbed. The joy is finding a book where the opposite happens.
So what are the books? I’m going to nominate Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon. Which I couldn’t wait to get back to every time. And remember, this isn’t your favourite book, it’s the one where the pages sped past. Any nominations?