Here we are, 31st december 2013.
Doesn’t seem five minutes since it was January and I was having this grand idea about trying to read 75 books in a year. It was a grand idea, actually, even if it was a struggle sometimes.
Over the last 365 days I have read all sorts of books from picture books to literary fiction, erotica to sci-fi adventures and beyond and I have both loved and loathed what I have completed.
But did I do it? Well yes, actually, I did 🙂
I read my 75 books and have half-read a few more so I am calling the challenge defeated!
This last month I have read:
Personal Demons (Personal Demons, #1) by Lisa Desrochers, 5/5*: I really enjoyed this because it never pretended to be anything other than what it was – a paranormal love triangle between a demon, an angel and a special human girl. The demon was a demon, the angel was an angel and the girl was a girl. They had the right amount of good/evil conflicts mushed together with hormones and attitude. It was fun and I enjoyed reading it a lot.
The Girl In The Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen, 4/5*: I’m not usually the biggest fan of historical fiction and I still haven’t decided whether I gave this four stars for the story or just because it was set in Bath and I loved it simply for the setting. I felt that it didn’t deliver on the promise of highway thievery implied in the blurb and the romance was ultimately a little on the unsatisfying side at the end but overall it was well written and quite clever. I liked a few of the characters and the feel of the city was perfect – clearly written by someone who loved the city themselves (and as the author attended the same university as me, I don’t doubt that the affection for the place was true. You cannot live in that place and not fall in love with it.)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare, 4/5*: Another great paranormal romp that I really enjoyed. There were a lot of one-liners and sections that made me laugh out loud and I teared up at least once – the writing was interesting and well-paced. I enjoyed the world a lot and I am looking forward to getting stuck into book two, although the slightly dubious romance issue at the end sounds like it isn’t going to go away so it could be interesting to see where that goes…
4 Ingredient Christmas by Kim McCosker, 5/5*: Yes, this is a recipe book but as I read it from cover to cover then I feel it counts. Beautifully illustrated with a photograph of every single recipe, I have already planned which ones I am going to try to make. Every single recipe contains no more than four ingredients and has simple instructions that even the clumsiest cook (such as myself) should be able to produce pretty, tasty dishes. Perfect for Christmas but also useful if you are entertaining friends or just want something nice and easy to make for dinner.
I have also started but not finished:
Bitterblue (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #3) by Kristin Cashore
City of Ashes (The Mortal instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1) by Margaret Atwood
The Seers (Holders, #2) by Julianna Scott
Which just leaves my plan for 2014 really. I think I am going to try to make 2014 a year of balance – 2012 was about writing and 2013 was about reading. Next year I want to do both instead of sacrificing one for the other.
With that in mind I am going to aim to read just 36 books in 2014 – which doesn’t seem many after this year’s 75 but it is still 3 books a month.
I am hoping that will leave me enough time to get back in the writing groove without dampening my reading spirit entirely – I missed reading in my writing year and I missed writing in my reading year.
How many books did you read in 2013? Are you setting a goal for 2014 too?