Six books - or to be more precise, two thousand, seven hundred and ninety-four pages - three of them historical fiction, two of them crime novel (one of them with a supernatural twist) and one non-fiction, all of them books I already had in the house. I managed this years What's In A Name? challenge in eight months and actually enjoyed all of the books bar one.
- Two Brothers by Ben Elton. Slightly let down at times by the writing, the author having a tendency to lecture nevertheless a tremendous read, Ben Elton can certainly tell a story.
- The Aye-Aye And I by Gerald Durrell. Perhaps best described as a travelogue come conservation. Sadly frail and without his usual vigour this was to be the author's last journey before he passed away three years later.
- Private London by James Patterson. An implausible plot and cheesy dialogue and yet still highly readable, perfect for those nights when sleep alluded me.
- The White Princess and The King's Curse both by Philippa Gregory. Books five and six in the Cousins War series. Both well written as I've come to expect from this authors. The first, not the strongest book in the series. The latter, back on track, the most gripping book in the series.
My thanks once again to Charlie over at The Worm Hole for organising yet another great challenge, weren't the categories wonderful?
Here's looking forward to the 2016 challenge.
And now for details of the 2015 Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon (details and schedule here, I'm sure its not too late to join in the fun) hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings.
Having participated in a challenge the aim of which was to tackle your TBR pile several moons ago I once again find my TBR pile (in this case more of a mountain than a pile) in need of tackling and what better way than this?
OK, a day or two late in posting about this, my apologies, but I'm more than eager to finish my current read (this month's reading group choice, The Sleep Walker's Guide To Dancing by Mari Jacob) and begin tackling a pile that, amongst other books begging to be read, includes ...
- Bones Of The Lost by Kathy Reichs
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Heaven Scent by Sasha Wagstaff
- The Rosslyn Hoax by Robert L.D. Cooper
- Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher.
Its now the middle of September which only means one thing in the world of literature.
Yes, its that of year time thoughts turn to Banned Book Week when Sheila over at Book Journey will once again be hosting a week of reviews and great discussions.
Care to join in by ...
- Sharing a favourite banned book post
- Reading/reviewing a banned book
- Writing a post about why banning is wrong
- Sharing a personal experience with a banned book in your area
- Posting an interview with the author of a banned book?
You can sign up here.
A previous participant, this year I'm considering perhaps re-reading and reviewing one of the these books - who would have thought it ...
- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz .. BANNED for promoting 'unwholesome' values
- Harry Potter .. BANNED as being a 'masterpiece of satanic deception'
- Alice's Adventures In Wonderland .. BANNED for its 'allusions to mind-altering substances and it being 'disastrous' to depict 'animals and human beings on the same level
OR perhaps ...
Posting about my experience of reading The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas (if you haven't already done so you can read my review here), a book that though I don't think it should be banned had me thinking really hard about the subject.