The first month of the new year has passed and so I feel it is of some small importance that we look back on what we have changed about ourselves and for ourselves in the last thirty-one days.

Some may have bought a gym membership, justified by the notion that they will be going at least twice a week. Alternatively, some may have opted to take up a new hobby, be it knitting or leather craft.

I on the other hand have set myself the target of reading a book a month. I find that now, in our ever-connected lives the act of picking up a book has become less frequent. This is certainly true for those in my generation; I have spoken to a dozen or so people in my peer group who have all replied with the same answer when prompted by the question, “When was the last time you read a book” – the answer to which was, “I don’t know.”

And so, for January I picked up Agatha Christie’s “And then there were none” which I must say is simply a masterpiece of crime fiction; for the next month I am going to read “Scoop” by the esteemed Evelyn Waugh.

To conclude, I’d like to leave an itemised list of books that one could read of the course of the next eleven months.

And then there were None – Agatha Christie Scoop – Evelyn Waugh A Brave New World – Aldous Huxley A Keeper - Graham Norton Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh The Old Man by the Sea – Ernest Hemingway The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder – Sarah J Harris A man of some Repute – Elizabeth Edmondson The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury The Man in the High Castle – Phillip K Dick