Last year, I became increasingly conscious of the fact that since leaving school, I had hardly read any fictional books. I didn't even know what sort of genres I liked or didn't like.
So for Christmas last year, I received an Amazon Kindle. This would allow me to get as many books as I wanted, without the worry of taking up limited shelving space or carrying around their weight in my bag.
I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set myself a target of 12 books - on average 1 book a month. Given that most of my reading time was done on my daily commute, this was a realistic target.
I had 3 rules:
- The book couldn't be part of a series - there have been a couple of books this year that have broken this rule by accident as they were new books!
- It couldn't be a book that I had previously read - not that I have many that I have read, but The Hobbit and Harry Potter were definitely excluded.
- Try out as many different genres as possible.
I am pleased to say that I was able to hit my target!
It is hard to compare the books to eachother as they were all so different, equally it is hard to pick an absolute favourite or least favourite.
Typically, my favourite books are ones that kept me wanting to read to find out more, books that when I suddenly realise that I am 80% of the way through, I am sad that I am nearly finished. My least favourite books are ones where reading became a chore. I would not look forward to continuing book and just kept reading "to get through it".
All the books not in either of these lists, I enjoyed a normal amount.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A heartwarming tale that has incredible historical context that educates the reader about a side of Afghanistan that you don't usually get to hear about in the news these days.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I was gripped from the first page until the last. A murder mystery where you are brought right into the fuzzy memories of an alcoholic. I never saw the film, but the book was awesome.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I love books that are quests and set in a fantasy world. This fit that description perfectly. I was absorbed until the very last pages where there was a heartwarming end.
Least Favourite Books
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
I feel kind of bad for listing this one alongside the abonination known as The Teacher. But I personally just did not enjoy it. I found it hard to follow any kind of plot and thought the end did not justify getting through it.
The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
This was just the worse. So bad that I even accidentally deleted the post about it (no, really it was an accident, I would never want to delete message of just how bad it was). A rubbish thin unrealistic plot and crap characters to go along with it.
I am obviously going to keep this up. 2017, I plan to do the challenge again and read another 12 books in 12 months. But I have decided to discontinue writing about them here on this blog.
I actually wanted to stop part way through this year, but felt I needed to complete the "set". The reason is that I am not enjoying writing about the books and it became a chore, often being posted weeks after I had finished the book. I am also not happy with the quality of a lot of the posts that I produced and this blog just doesn't feel like the right place for them.
So this is the last post of this "Antony's Library series". But I am definitely going to keep on reading and will use Goodreads (and possibly Twitter) to update my progress and what book I am reading in a much smaller way.
Thank you all who read this blog. Wish you all a very Happy New Year and will see you in 2017!