Another year flies by! And thankfully in this years’ case as it all seems to have been doom and gloom from week to week! Praise be for books to transport us to different worlds to escape the often grim goings on in the real world – there’s a topic for another day…. which book world would you like to go and live in?! I know I can think of a few!!
It has been a very successful reading year for me and I think my venture into blogging and reviewing had a major impact on that! According to GoodReads I’ve completed 206 books this past year and I find that amazing – I’m sure they’ve miscalculated haha!! If only that number had helped clear my shelves and decreased my TBR pile!! Seems to have just made it worse! But I have found that the more that I read, the quicker I get at reading – not sure if others find this?! And I do find myself staring at some rather large books still sitting on my shelves that I’ve maybe avoided this year so maybe I’ll read less in 2017 and just tackle those epic books we all have on our shelves that often scare us off!
One of the challenges I will be taking part is from the GoodReads group The Book Vipers who are running a BookBuster challenge for next year. Just like the TV show you can choose to read books from authors’ whose names start with the letters across the board or, like I’m going to do, complete the A-Z authors challenge. Any genre counts so I am using this a great opportunity to get reading books that have been on my shelves – in real and ebook form! – for quite a while and get me reading a few different genres.
My A-Z list
A – Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern
B – 2am at the Cats Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
C – Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell
D – Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan
E – Doorways by Robert Enright
F – The Somnambulist by Essie Fox
G – Little Girl Lost by Janet Gover
H – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I – The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
J – 183 times a year by Eva Jordan
K – Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
L – The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
M – The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy
N – Uprooted by Naomi Novak
O – Wesley the remarkable owl by Stacey O’Brien
P – The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Q – Exercises in Style by Raymond Queaneau
R – The bookshop on the corner by Rebecca Raisin
S – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
T – The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle
U – The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown
V – Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
W – Girl Reading by Katie Ward
X – The Good Women of China by Xinran
Y – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Z – Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
So these are the books I’m hoping to get through, although I may switch a few over the year but will see how the mood grabs me!! Is anybody else taking part in this challenge or have they found other challenges to take part in? Would love to hear from you and if you are – good luck!! Let’s hope we all succeed!!