Books, Reading Challenge

2018 Reading List – The Beginnings

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And so we have reached the final day of the month, which can only mean one thing:

I go into full on Christmas mode from tomorrow. Kind of.

I’m weirdly feeling more festive this year than I ever have before like the Ice Queen is melting or some shit. I don’t know what to do with it. It might be because life has gotten super stressful these past few weeks and I’m seeking solace in the festive cheer.

But anyway, to round out this bookish month I’m going to start talking about next year’s reading list. I’ve still got 5 books left to read this year and there are officially less than 5 weeks left of the year so I really need to get a move on there. However the other day I found myself slowly starting to piece together 2018’s reading list…because the TBR list is never done. In fact it just gets longer.

Every day it gets longer.

This list isn’t fully formed because for the most part I’m just currently looking at the books that I actually possess and if I think about it too much then I focus on it too much and then the fear sets in because like I said, this year’s hasn’t finished yet, and yet I’m thinking about all the possibilities for the future. It all gets a bit too much.

But the list has been slightly formed and this is where we are at:

1) The Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard – Look, this was on my list anyway, but I bought it when I did because I stumbled across a display of it and they were all gorgeous special editions that I felt compelled to buy. And so I did.

2) London Fields, Martin Amis – I’ve already said why I bought this, and therefore it has to be on the list because otherwise the purchase will have been pointless.

3) The Girl of Ink and Stars, Kiran Millwood Hargrave – Again, I bought this on a whim, so I gotta read it.

4) Fight Cub, Chuch Palahniuk – I am actually quite looking forward to reading this book.

5) A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab – Again, I am quite looking forward to reading this, I love me a fantasy book.

6) Shockaholic, Carrie Fisher – I’m so reluctant to read this because I feel like getting involved with Fisher is gonna make me emo, but also I really wanna get in there.

7) Postcards From he Edge, Carrie Fisher –  I am just gonna go on a Fisher thing next year I can sense it. These are just the ones that I own, there are still 5 more out there.

8) Big Little Lies, Lianne Moriarty – I’ve obviously seen the TV adaptation and so it was inevitable that I was going to  read the book.

9) The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood –  This book has been on my list for years and it was finally handed to me by R after she finished reading it in August sometime, so the time will finally be upon us.

10) the princess saves herself in this one, amanda lovelace – I really do need to read more poetry. And this is currently the only one that I have.

11) The Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks – I 100% bought this because it was signed by Tom Hanks and also because I was intrigued by what his style of writing would be like.

12) The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron – This book was gifted to me by someone at work and they said that they lost a whole day reading it and that they thought I would like it. It’s gonna be an early read I think because they are interested in what I think about it.

13) Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas – I do not own this book, but I do have the 5th one and well I’ve gotta start somewhere with this to justify that ridiculous purchase (I’ve mentioned this before…it’s signed.)

14) All That She Can See, Carrie Hope Fletcher – I was a bit undecided on her first novel but I’ve read the first couple of chapters and I am intrigued by the concept, so I’m looking forward to cracking this open.

15) The Little Friend, Donna Tartt – I have loved her other two books and I am so excited by this one just because I love her style of writing.

16) Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert – I’m gonna give in to the hype and read this book. I got  pretty edition and everything.

17) Caraval, Stephanie Garber – This has literally only just physically entered my life. I forgot that I pre-ordered the paperback version of it because I did it months ago and well, the publication date has just swung on around.

18) Now I Rise, Kiersten White – I am so excited to read this sequel, I loved the first book so damn much and I cannot wait to get back to Lada and Radu.

19) Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff  – Same as above. I need Mia and her world back in my life.

20) Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen – I’m gonna give this another try. It’s time.

21) The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – Again, it’s also time to give this another try.

And that’s it so far. And these are just the books that I currently own. I haven’t even really thought about the ones that I don’t currently, but want to. Like the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series, the Miss Peregrine series, any of the books that are on that TBR list and that Unread list that is what started this whole mess. These are just the ones physically available to me at the drop of a hat. And I have a few books on pre-order already for next year. And it’s all just too much.

There’s just a lot of books…

Help.

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The Unread

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I’ve reached that time of the month where I’ve run out of steam with this book related month thing because I’ve run out books that I’ve read and I kind of didn’t think that far ahead…planning is sometimes not my strong suit.

And then when I was sat on a train reading Freedom  and I had this idea. There’s a list from the BBC that I see doing the rounds sometimes that talks about the Top 100 books that you have to read. Then I decided that I am going to go through the list and do god knows what, just ramble I guess.

Let’s just see where we end up with this.

1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien – I know that I should read these books and I’v heard so much hype about this series, but like, I tried to read the first one once and hated it. Something about the language grated on me. And then I just shut down and threw it away to the bottom of the list. Where to be honest it’s probably going to stay…
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – I’ve actually read this book. It’s one of my faves. It’s definitely my fave Austen book. There’s something about it that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy although a part of me also feels like it’s a little bit of a cliche to love this book so much
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman –  I read the first one. Kind of hated it. Didn’t really get it. Was probably a bit young when I first tried. It’s higher up on my list than LOTR that’s for sure.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – I keep forgetting this is an actual book. But it was put back on my radar by Cheap Seats so I’ll read it next year.
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – This is my second (maybe third it changes) favourite book of the series
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – I have almost bought this book so many times and just never have and I do not know why I never have. It’s on the list for next year (insane that I am already thinking about that when I haven’t even finished this year’s yet…)
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne – I’ve never even really thought about reading this book. I guess I probably should…it shouldn’t be too hard.
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell – Read it. Kind of think I hate it. Kind of think it’s genius.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis – I think I’ve read this book. I think I’ve read a lot of this series, but I cannot remember. I guess I’ll have to give it a second chance.
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë –  This is one of those classics that everyone says you should read and I just think…meh. I still think that. One day I might. I’m not rushing for it.
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – Read. Loved. Would recommend.
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – I’ve tried reading this book and could. not. do. it. I’m in no hurry to try again.
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks – This book broke my heart. I loved it. Would also recommend.
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – I intended to read this back in my A Level year and then just didn’t. And then I pushed it way down on my list. Although it is slowly creeping back up it.
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger – It is blasphemous to say that I hate this book? Ah well, I’ve said it now. I hate this book, I do not get the hype.
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame – Meh, I’m not in any hurry to read this either.
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – I know I should read this book.  But I’ve seen so many adaptations of this book that I kind of feel like I don’t need to. And also I’ve low key kind of hated every adaptation I’ve ever seen, lord knows why I’ve seen so many.
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – Another one of those books that I keep almost buying and then don’t. So it’s on 2018.
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres – Never even crossed my mind to read this book. Not something that has ever really interested me. Kind of still the case.
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – Am I right in thinking that this book is super long? the idea of it just puts me off. It doesn’t always seem to get favourable mentions when it crops up in popular culture. I’ll get there.
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – Ugh, no. Not something that I want to read.
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – Obviously I’ve read this.
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling – And this one.
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling – And this is my favourite of the 7.
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien – See LOTR. I’ll get there when I get there.
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy – Again, I have attempted to read this book before and did not make it to the end I don’t even know where I got to with it. I don’t feel particularly compelled to try it again.
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot – No. I didn’t do a module at uni because this was on the required reading. This thing is huge. And Victorian.
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving – I did not know that this even existed as a book which tells you all you need to know about where it is on my list.
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck – This has been on my list for so many a year. It will happen one day.
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – I know I should read this book. And yet…I haven’t.
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson – Wilson was a childhood staple for me, this wasn’t one one of my faves, but I’ve read it.
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez – I am reading this next year. It’s been put out into the universe now. It’s happening.
33.The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett – Another book I’ve never really heard of.
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens – I must have some kind of beef with Charles Dickens that I don’t know the true origins of because I almost never have any desire to read any book of his…
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – I love Roald Dahl, this is one of my faves. Something about the world created just does it for me.
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – Part of me wants nothing to do with this if it doesn’t have Muppets involved. The rest of me is willing to give it a shot.
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute – This is thing?
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen – This is not a book I have been able to get on with as of yet. Not that I’ve tried very hard to be fair. I started it a time where I was on a brink of a reading slump and then never picked it back up.
39. Dune, Frank Herbert – Again, what?
40. Emma, Jane Austen – I’ve tried to read this a couple of times but it’s just too hard to get into whenever I try, but I’ve not given up yet.
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery – It’s not high on the list. But it’s on there somewhere.
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams – A couple of people I know have said that this is their favourite book, but it’s not something that’s ever really crossed my path
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald – I love this book, which again kind of feels like a cliche.
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas –  I have so little interest in reading this book at this moment in time, but maybe that will change.
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh – I’ve actually read this book thanks to this year.
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell – It’s not that I hated this book, but I didn’t really like it either. I got the allegory and all that and it remains hella relevant, but yeah. Part of me definitely just read it because I felt like I had to.
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – Yet another Dickens book that I haven’t read but have seen many an adaptation of. As such I don’t really currently see the point in reading it
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – No, I have no interest in this. Maybe that will change, but it just feels like one of those classics that I will not get along with.
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – I’m pretty sure I’ve read this in primary school. I’ve definitely seen an adaptation of it, but I cannot remember if I’ve read it or not. I feel like they were linked to one another and so I have read it.
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher – I don’t even know what this is…?

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – I forgot this was even a book in the first place. which probably tells you all you need to know about my intention to read it
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck – This is another one of those books that I’m kind of avoiding reading because it’s one of those classics that everyone tells you to read. I will get to it eventually, but not anytime soon.
53. The Stand, Stephen King – There are so many Stephen King’s books that I want to read, this one is not high up on the list.
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy – I’ve tried this in some capacity before. I did not get very far.
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth – Another book I did not know existed.
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl – I love this book. I re-read it at the beginning of the year.
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome – This book just sounds uninteresting.
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – This is kind of on my list, but it’s also not.
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer – This actually is on my list, somewhere. I don’t quite know where, but it’s on there.
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky – I know I should say yes. But the title in and of itself seems to sum out I feel reading this book would be…
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman – This book broke my damn heart. So much. It still fucks me up just thinking about it.
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden – I took this book out of the library when I was at school once and then just didn’t read it and had to take it back. Then forgot about it until just now. So yeah, it’s back on my list.
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – Of all the Dickens books, I think this is the lowest on my list. I don’t know, how many books did he write? How many of these things am I going to have to attempt to read???
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett – I am going to make it my goal next year to read more Pratchett, because currently I have read none…
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton – I feel like I completely missed Blyton as a kid. It’s something I might go back to.
67. The Magus, John Fowles – I have never heard of this book. Will I read it? Maybe. But it’s not high on the list I gotta be honest.
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – I love this book so much. I am so excited for the TV adaptation
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett – This constitutes as fitting in with the above thing I said about Pratchett.
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding – I don’t know how many times I attempted to read this book before I was finally successful with it. I hated it. That’s all.
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind – I have no real plan to read this I’m gonna be honest.
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett – And again.
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl – I am very much Matilda. Again, one of my childhood faves.
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding – I read this book for uni as part of ‘chick lit’ week. I blazed through it. I think on some level I am Bridget. Just without my Colin Firth.
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt – This is one of my favourite books. Honestly I cannot recommend it enough. Get it in your life.
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins – Hmmmm, no.
78. Ulysses, James Joyce – I avoided a module at uni that had this book on it because I didn’t want to do it. That sums up my attitude to it.
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens – We know my attitude to Dickens at this point right?
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson – This was the book that started this whole reading thing. I had it memorised at one point.
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl – I have read most Roald Dahl books, this was not one of my faves though
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith – I meant to read this at uni and just never got my shit together in time to do so and then it just fell away. So it’s on the 2018 list.
83. Holes, Louis Sachar – I almost read this once and I don’t know what stopped me from doing so, but something did and I just never attempted to read it again. I will try it one day/
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake – I don’t know…as in I don’t know what this book is. Or that it even existed.
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – This is also a book that I’ve always meant to read and just never have. Again on for 2018.
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson – I cannot remember if I’ve read this or not. I think it’s a no, but it might be a yes.
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – No, I can just tell that this is not a book that I am going to get along with.
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons – Another one I have never even heard of.
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist – And this, not a clue.
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac – I’ve read this. Didn’t totally hate it, also wasn’t a huge fan. I for sure just read it to say that I had read it.
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo – I kinda forgot this was a book. And I’m gonna keep on forgetting.
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel – I’ve just found out that this book exists, so I probably won’t read it any time soon.
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett – This is the Pratchett book that I want to read the most.
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – I want to read this book so much and I keep finding books to put ahead of it, but not anymore. It’s on the list.
95. Katherine, Anya Seton – I don’t even know what this is. Probably not any time soon.
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer – No.
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez – I really want to read stuff by this author, but I’ve just never had the chance to. Or rather more accurately I’ve never given myself the time to.
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson – I think this book came out just as I was growing out of my Wilson phase, so no it’s one of the books that I haven’t read, and am unlikely to do so.
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot – I am assuming that this means the first one. Which I had read. And enjoyed.
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie – I feel like I should because I’ve heard great things about Rushdie’s work, but it’s also not high on my list.

And there we have it. This very long book related post had finally come to a close and it has made me realise that I am currently in a position to start thinking about my 2018 reading list…

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How I Choose My Books Tag

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I am taking a break from the book reviews today just as a bit of relief and because we all know that I love me a tag post. I saw this one on Orange Owl Diaries alllll the way back in September and instantly knew that I had to just file it away for some day this month. Today is the day.

Real talk, I don’t own a bookshelf, I chose a lot of these books by memory and from the ones that I could see because they’ve not been fully put away somewhere. So, without further ado:

FIND A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES WITH A BLUE COVER. WHAT MADE YOU PICK UP THE  BOOK IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen. The books that are on my reading list for the rest of year are in plain sight so that I can just pick the next one up when I move onto it. And therefore this is the only one that I have just lying around.

THINK OF A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO ENJOY BUT DID. WHY DID YOU READ IT IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I will be honest, I didn’t think I would like Brideshead Revisited. It felt like it was going to be one of those books that you ‘should’ read because it’s considered a classic and well I’m an English Lit grad and to not have read some classics is almost a crime. So I read it, and I was surprised at how quickly I read it and how much I enjoyed it. This surprise also came from the fact that I tried to watch the adaptation of it and got bored very quickly, which was weird because it had Ben Whishaw, Matthew Goode and Hayley Atwell in it. All people that I love usually. Maybe I need to give it another shot now that I’m older and have a better understanding of the text.

STAND IN FRONT OF YOUR BOOKSHELF WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED AND PICK UP A BOOK AT RANDOM. HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THIS BOOK?

The first book I can think of (told you doing this from memory) is The Red Queen. This book was on my radar in the peripheral of my brain because I had seen it on some book blogs over the last couple of years and it’s on my TBR, but the reason it came to mind is because I have a special edition of this book. I was called to this book because of the special edition. It was just sitting pretty and I couldn’t help myself, before I knew it I had picked it up and was buying it. Then I read the first page and knew it would be my kind of thing, when I finally got around to reading. Whenever that may be.

PICK A BOOK THAT SOMEONE PERSONALLY RECOMMENDED TO YOU. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?

Someone recommended Station Eleven to me and I am honestly so thankful that they did. It’s not necessarily from a genre that I read very often just because it’s so easy for dystopian novels to be done badly or in way that just feels like it’s been done before, so I tend to work only on recommendations for that genre for that reason. I loved this book.

PICK A BOOK YOU DISCOVERED THROUGH BOOK BLOGS. DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

I’m pretty sure Rainbow Rowell came onto my radar because I kept seeing people talking about Fangirl on Tumblr. And well, that book is my jammmm. If I didn’t have so many new books to read and worlds to discover I would so reread that book. Although having said that, you give me a solid day where I don’t have anything to do I could probably devour it again.

FIND A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES WITH A ONE WORD TITLE. WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS BOOK?

Godsgrave. It’s the sequel to Nevernight which is one of my favourite books that I have read this year and it’s been mocking me ever since it entered my world in early September because there are other books that I have to read first and also I don’t wanna read it because once I do then I will have to wait until the last book and I want to prolong that happening for as long as possible and in the meantime I will just stare longingly at the gilded black pages.

WHAT BOOK DID YOU DISCOVER THROUGH A FILM/TV ADAPTATION?

Uhhhhhh, Big Little Lies I guess. I was kind of aware of the book because it cropped on my Instagram a couple of times and I filed it away on my mental TBR list, but then I watched the TV adaptation and was gripped by it and so in love with the complex story telling and the many layers to these female characters that I knew I had to read the book just to truly get all those nuances and see how the world was built on paper.

THINK OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS. WHEN DID YOU READ THESE AND WHY DID YOU PICK THEM UP IN THE FIRST PLACE?

One of my all time faves is The Night Circus (surprise, surprise). I read it a couple of years ago now and again I read it because it kept cropping up on Tumblr and kept seeing how it was full of beautiful imagery and was the slowest of burns plot wise and well I’m a sucker for that kind of writing. I was not disappointed. I also read The Secret History a couple of years ago and I picked that up because it was recommended to me by a friend at uni and she had such glowing things to say about, including again that the style of writing was just so beautiful. I’m a sucker for beautiful passages of writing and images that can haunt you for days what can I say?

And that is a little insight into more of my books, whilst also mentioning the same books that I almost always mention. I should really do a full overhaul of my books and truly chronicle what I have…which means what I really need is a bloody bookshelf…

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Letters to Autumn 3

Dear Autumn,

Stay with me here, I’m gonna talk about books which I haven’t done for a while and am well aware that I am going to dedicate the whole of next month to, but I came to a realisation at the weekend.

I now have under 10 books left to read for this year. I am in the midst of reading book 43. It’s insane to me that I am actually almost at the finish line and can see it on the horizon. I have 6 and a half books left to read.

The problem is this. One there are 3 books that I have left that I physically cannot transport anywhere so I am going to have to read them on weekends and in the evenings when I’m not letting myself be mocked by a flashing cursor on my screen. Which leaves me with 3 and a half books that I are actually on my reading list. The half almost sent me into a reading slump and so I changed books to something that I knew I would like, and the option to do that again is open to only one other book. The other two are two books that I’ve already tried to read this year and wasn’t able to get into and so moved onto to something else.

Part 2 of the problem is that I have bought a lot of books this year. Books that I was not supposed to buy because I was supposed to go through all the books that I bought in 2016 that I shouldn’t have and so I imposed a booking buying ban on myself. And then promptly ignored at several points of the year. Now I only bought all of these books because I was intrigued by them and what they had to offer (and some of them had really pretty covers…I’m weak) which means that on some level I really want to dive in and read them.

I just can’t because I have all these other books that I also want to read, but that list is slowly getting smaller and instead of remaining fully focused on finishing that my mind is starting to wander. Over to the books that are in my future. Beyond the reading challenge.

This has basically come up because I go away next week for 5 days and as part of my travels I am going to spend a LOT of time on trains and such and I’ve started thinking about what books I am going to take with me, and none of the ones that I have left are appealing to me. But all the other ones that I’ve bought are…

And now I’m in a conundrum.

Do I veer off track and select a couple of books from my secondary reading list (why am I the kind of person who has a secondary reading list?) or do I stick with the reading list that has been planned out for me.

Also, yes this is the thought that is the most pressing for me right now. Come Sunday night when I have to pack actual clothes I’ll probably be fine. But the books are the most important part and I don’t know how I’m going to approach it…

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Autumn Reading

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It was ridiculous of me to think that I was going to go until November without talking about books once, and yet for some reason I thought I could…but I found it quite refreshing and it took a way a lot of the stress from having to pick my next book when I created my little summer reading list. And so, I decided to do it again for the next couple of months.

I am currently halfway through Book 38 (Brideshead) which means that I am now 12 and a half books away from the end of this reading challenge, which is crazy to think of.  At the beginning of the year there was no way I thought that it would be possible to basically read a book a week. But I am currently tracking at being 3 books ahead of schedule and I had a mostly productive summer in terms of reading.

As I’ve previously said, I typically average at about a book week as long as that book is under 400 or so pages. Most of the books that I have left to read are at that length or longer and 3 of them are not transportable so I have no clue at what point I am going to read them. Weekends, I guess. I’ll cross that bridge later. Due to the fact that all the books I have left are kind of heavy in terms of length and for that reason, even though there are 8 and a bit weeks throughout September and October I am only going to schedule 6 books for this period of time.

Which will (hopefully) put me at book 45 and then leave me with the final 6 books to read for the final two months of the year, including the 3 tomes…

But my reading list for the next two months is (after I’ve finished Brideshead):

1) Anasi Boys – Neil Gaiman 

I have been away from Neil Gaiman for too long and I have 4 books left of his to read and I’m gonna start with this one because I am also itching to get back to something that dabbles in the American Gods world. So I’m gonna get on that over the next few weeks.

2) Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs

I have never read anything in this world, I don’t know if this is going to be a good thing for not. I guess I will find out when I start reading.

3) Grimm’s Fairytales – The Brothers Grimm

These are all short stories, which will come in handy because it means that in theory I can just blitz a story at a time and get built in breaks. I love it when I don’t necessarily have to stop reading mid page, which I experience a lot.

4) Florence Grace – Tracy Rees

I did not read this over the last two months, I couldn’t get on board with it. So obviously I have to carry it over. It’s not the type of book that I thought it would be and it threw me and now I need to give it another shot. I know what I’m getting into this time, so hopefully it will be a bit easier.

5) Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – Oscar Wilde

This book is so short. It should be a great quick read that will get me one step closer to my goal.

6) The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman

There are 4 books left by him on this list. Out of 12. Of course he was going to show up twice. I’ve just remembered the target demographic for this book as well as the fact that it is illustrated which means that it also might be quite a quick read and  I could therefore (in theory) entertain the idea of also reading Odd and the Frost Giants…

And those are my next reads. Like I said, I quite like having a lis of a list just so that I don’t add to the stress of having so many books to read and no idea how to choose my next book that I just shut down and end up falling into a slump.

I won’t need to do another one of these because come November time the only books that will still be on my reading list will be the ones that I haven’t read yet. But yeah, that’s my autumn in reading.

Parentheses count: 4. See you tomorrow!

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