I read quite a lot on the tube, at home and sometimes at lunch. I’ve also heard of the ’50 book challenge’ before where people attempt to read 50 books in a year.
50 sounds like quite a large number to me, but what the hell! I’m going to keep track of the books I read this year and see how well I do 🙂 Seeing as I have once again let this website/blog fall into nothingness, why not keep track of them here? Maybe it will make me use it more often and fill it with mildly interesting things….. then again maybe not. Anyway here are the books I’ve read so far this year:
I read a few heavy weight books before/around Christmas so I decided to read some lighter books which I’ve always meant to get round to reading. The first of these were the Jurassic Park books. Really good reads, I enjoyed them and can see why the films were such a success (although the films characters and scenes seem to have been adapted quite a lot), just a shame there weren’t any more books. (Side note: what’s this?? Jurassic Park IV!?? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/)
Yes, another book made film. I watch a lot of films so funnily enough a lot of the books ‘I’ve always meant to get round to reading’ are books that have been turned into films. The Minority Report is less a novel and more a short story and a good one at that. The film in this case I thought was very different, the same basic concept is there but most the story/character points are totally different. Still a good short story though and you don’t need much time to read it!
The Chronicles of Narnia! I never read these when I was younger so why not read them now. They are kids books but classics all the same so I managed to read through them all pretty quickly. All of them are enjoyable to read and I quite like how they quite literally covered everything, from the creation of Narnia, to its eventual destruction (I read them in Chronological order rather than publication order). You can tell they are quite dated though as I thought it did have touches of racism and sexism in places, these can be easily be overlooked though to enjoy a good story. On the film front there have been a few recent remakes/adaptations apparently with a couple more to come (the magicians nephew and the silver chair.)
An extra note; whilst I’m not religious, if you don’t enjoy books with heavy religious overtones don’t read these books!
That’s it so far this year, and I’m off to a good start. These have been quite short books though so once I start getting down to some larger reads again my pace might start slowing up.