I never thought my heart would sink at receiving a bundle of free books. Oh, in truth, it doesn't - there is always a thrill in opening a box or envelope, not knowing what's inside, and taking in the look and feel of an untouched new book. It's just that I know there aren't enough hours in the day for me to catch up with all my reading.

This latest parcel held six books all about the Bible which I need to review for an article for a book trade magazine. Six may seem plenty, but I have to add these to the two dozen already piled next to my desk.

The majority of them look attractive and readable texts, but they're not easy reading and with the deadline looming scarily close, it might be time to get serious about working through them. I'll let you know how I get on, but I think the Easter weekend might be my reading weekend!