In the spirit of resolutions, I pledged this year to read 50 books. Well, almost. I actually pledged to read 100 but when my boyfriend took my drink out of my hand and pointed out that this would be almost two books a week, I revised my estimate downwards a little. If 50% could ever be said to be a little.
Anyway, as at 4th June 2011 (i.e. a month away from the half-way point) I am at the half-way point. Which is not bad. But reader I confess, there are far too many books of the chicklit persuasion in that list. I’ve always read them because I love them, and I am not ashamed of this. I love that you can work out before you’ve met the main protaganists. I love that the can induce a cult-like underground following amongst friends – all it takes is one brave soul to admit she has a penchant for the Picoult, and you find dozens more come out of the woodwork, glassy-eyed with adoration, and torn-up with rage (THAT IS NOT THE WAY MY SISTERS KEEPER WAS MEANT TO END, HOLLYWOOD).
However, now I read them because I can read them FAST. This is not in the spirit of the rules and I will endeavour to improve my chick-lit to classic ratio in the future.
The list so far is below. I was intending to do a proper thought through review for each of this but, well, 25 book reviews is a LOT. I may talk about some of these in more detail separately. I may not. It’s good to mix things up a little, have some surprises round the corner. Anyway, let these inform your library picks as you wish.
1. A Week in December – Sebastian Faulks
2. Friends Like These – Danny Wallace
3. The Island – Victoria Hislop
4. Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell
5. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
6. Me Cheeta – Cheeta
7. Over Bethnal Green – Sally Worboyes
8. The Invisible Man – HG Wells
9. Girl Friday – Jane Green
10. Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg
11. Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson
12. Winter Ghosts – Kate Mosse
13. Any Human Heart – William Boyd
14. Black Swan Green – David Mitchel
15. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
16. Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult
17. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
18. The Bonesetters Daughter – Amy Tan
19. Sing You Home – Jodi Picoult
20. Bookends – Jane Green
21. Room – Emma Donoghue
22. When God Was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman
23. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
24. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
25. No and Me – Delphine de Vigan
Any recommendations for books at under a hundred pages gratefully received.