My friend and I challenged ourselves to read 52 books this year and since I just started this blog a couple of weeks ago, I was only able to start to post from Book #34. So here’s the list from Book #1 to #33…
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – Who decides who’s sane & who’s not?
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – A quiet novel that contains so little action and yet carries great, gentle power.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A psychologically twisted portrait of relationships gone wrong.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – Highly readable writing style.
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – For fans of historical fiction or simply of a good story.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon – I’m not sure how true in real life this portrayal of Asperger’s Syndrome is but I think that it is very well written.
- The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie – A mystery that will keep you in suspense while keeping a smile on your face.
- 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup – “What difference is there in the color of the soul?”
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera – A kind of book that requires a little more attention than usual but worth reading.
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – I know a lot of people were raving for this book but I’m definitely not the target audience for this one.
- HHhH by Laurent Binet – A book so good even though I already knew the outcome.
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami – It’s not quite as good as his other books but I love it. Still Murakami. Weird and wonderful.
- Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson – It’s not quite what I was expecting and it was so easy to figure out the outcome.
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – Truly a page turner! Finished it so quickly. Highly recommended!
- The Pact by Jodi Picoult – My third Jodi Picoult book. A tragic event turned personal family tragedy. I like the book though it left me with a lot to think about.
- By the River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept by Paulo Coelho – “Love perseveres. It’s men who change.”
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – While I personally think that suicide is stupid, I would recommend this book. I like the way the book’s written, alternating Hannah & Clay’s points of view within the same chapter. Truly a page turner because you want to find out who’s next on the tapes. I was so relieved to find out that Clay isn’t included for bad reasons. I can’t say I agree with all of Hannah baker’s reasons why she did it but I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – One of the best stories I have ever read! What can I do but recommend this book? True to the book’s title, Louis Zamperini’s life’s one of survival, resilience & redemption. It’s just very unfortunate that evil Watanabe (the Bird) was never tried as a war criminal. I’m left with an unsatisfying ending but very real.
- Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – The “dangerous” Miss Marple was first featured in this book. Suspenseful. Surprises and false leads.
- Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck – Crushing!
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – Enjoyed this book because it felt real though the ending was a bit rushed.
- Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult – I like Jodi Picoult’s works, but this didn’t make it high on my list.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Wonderful! Magical!
- The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson – I was literally laughing out loud while reading this. Fast-paced & entertaining.
- I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak – A simple, heart-warming book that makes you think and want to do better for yourself and other people.
- True Believer by Nicholas Sparks – A simple, captivating, romantic read. As always, Mr. Sparks has his way of giving life to his characters, making it so real. A great read about taking chances and following your heart.
- The Railway Man by Eric Lomax – “…remembering is not enough, if it simply hardens hate.”
- At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks – This completely broke my heart so I’m not going to read any book of Mr. Sparks any time soon.
- A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami – The title itself tells what the ending’s gonna be. Really loving Murakami more!
- The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie – A nice exercise if you like to guess “Who did it?”
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – The start was a bit jumbled up to the middle part that I found it hard to continue reading this book but the last few chapters got a lot better. It’s a brilliant story, it’s just the way it was presented that I didn’t like.
- The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie – Love the love story and the nasty mystery.
- A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie – Being able to guess who the killer is in this book just makes me feel good and clever. Haha!
There goes my list. Let me check yours! 🙂
3 thoughts on “52 in 2015 – Reading Challenge”
Great year for reading – and this isn’t even all of it! So many books I want to read on this list, as well!
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It’s still a long way to go Olivia… 🙂
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