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49. Ian Banks – The Wasp Factory (1984)     

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A slightly odd book, but interesting enough. Essentially a glimpse into the mind of a mentally deranged person! Pretty hard to describe it, but it was a decent read. The first Iain Banks book I’ve read, I’ll have to read some more of his stuff soon.

50. Yann Martel – Life of Pi (2001)      

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Recommended by Cesca, this book has a quite different premise; a boy gets stuck in a life raft with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a tiger. Its just been made into a film and Cesca recommended I read it before we went to see it. After reading the description of the book I was expecting something quite different to what it was, its a good book with some very clever elements to it. I really enjoyed reading it, then seeing the film in 3d almost straight after.

 

So I’ve read 50 books in a year! Its been a good challenge and I’m happy to have completed it, the books have ranged from really long, to short, to boring, to really amazing. Its been a good year of reading… why stop at 50 🙂

51. Arthur Conan Doyle – A Study in Scarlet (1887)     

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Since reading the House of Silk I’ve wanted to read all the old Sherlock Holmes books, luckily they are free on the kindle book store! Once again I really enjoyed the story and loved the introduction to Sherlock and Watson in this book. If you haven’t read Conan Doyles classics yet then I highly recommend you start, its never too late!

52. Arthur Conan Doyle – The Sign of the Four (1890)     

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Another good one with surprisingly heavy use of a cocaine solution by Sherlock! So this is why people always say he was an addict, its an interesting element to the character so its a shame that popular opinion/time have made it so when Sherlock is shown these days that side of him isn’t. Whilst this is my last book of the year, I’ll definitely be carrying on with the rest of the Sherlock stories in the new year.