To the top of the page you’ll see all of my tabs – Many of them are empty but the ’50 Book Challenge’ isn’t.
Every year, for the past few years, I’ve taken part in a challenge to read 50 books in a year. The first year I didn’t manage it (I only reached 47) but that’s because I didn’t start counting until around April/May and couldn’t remember what I’d read in the earlier months. Ever since that first year, though, I’ve managed to read more than the 50.
I’ve always been a big reader, it’s been a massive part of my life from the moment I started reading. Reading is, and probably always will be, my favoured past time. I’m, also, a freakishly fast reader which is how I’ve managed to read so many books this year despite having had whole months where I’ve been so busy I’ve not been able to pick up a book.
I’ve read a few gems this year and I’ve read a lot of books that are enjoyable, in their way, but not my cup of tea. I’d love to review a lot of them but as I’ve said in past posts I really struggle to write about books – Mostly because when I do I tend to go in to too much detail and that’s not what I want to do in a post, I don’t want to give too much away.
I will, though, endeavour to work on this at some point and find a balance that allows me to review more books. And in lieu of that, for now, I will tell you some off the books that I’ve really enjoyed, so far, this year. (I’ll do another update before the year ends, if there’s any books of note)
‘What’s Left of Me‘ – Kat Zhang
‘Gone Girl‘ – Gillian Flynn
‘Wicked‘ – Gregory Maguire
All of the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher
The whole of the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher
The Peter Grant series (Rivers of London etc) by Ben Arronovitch
‘Rook‘ – Daniel O’Malley
‘Among Others‘ – Jo Walton
Just because books aren’t on this list doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy them, it might just mean that I didn’t enjoy them quite as much or just that they were enjoyable but not my sort of book. I enjoy reading, and unless something is totally awful I will enjoy at least some aspect of it. I flippin’ love books.
(It has also just occurred to me that there’s a book missing from my list, I will need to go and amend that!)