Goodreads challenge: 90 of 100 down!

It has been such a long time since I’ve blogged about the books I’ve read. And yes, at the moment I’m reading three books; multitasking FTW… I think 🙂

90 books

I follow Matt Haig on Twitter and was so excited to finally find an audio version of his book “The Humans“. Matt is no stranger to depression, and his observations on human behaviour are painfully accurate. This really is a great book – not everyone’s cup of tea, I suppose, what with the aliens, but if you can get past that, you won’t regret it.

I’ve read “The Handmaid’s Tale” before. I’ve changed my three-star rating to four stars. It is a little strange, but then, it’s dystopian.

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter” is also dystopian, and certain aspects of it is downright strange; I won’t elaborate, because it could be a bit of a spoiler.

Dead but not forgotten” is a collection of short stories by friends of Charlaine Harris, written around the different characters from the original Sookie Stackhouse series.

The Accidental series: Accidental werewolf, Accidentally dead, Accidental human, Accidentally demonic – was an interesting, fluffy experience. Good holiday reads if you’re looking for something light.

Afterparty” was… let’s go with intriguing. But ultimately disappointing. And the same can be said about “A room with a view“.

I enjoyed “Graveminder“, but not as much as I did “The Sum of our Days“, “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats“, “The book of lost things“, and “Paper Towns” (I really do like John Green’s books). “Once Bitten“, “Fifth Grave Past the Light“, and “Sixth Grave on the Edge” were again towards the lighter side.

I was so excited to wrap up the All Souls Trilogy with “The Book of Life“. And very sad once it was done.  Deborah Harkness is a fantastic writer, a superb researcher, and a storyteller of note. Some time has passed since I read the previous two books, but it all came rushing back, gently tugged from memory with subtle references.

Soulless” by Gail Carriger was such a fun paranormal read. I have other books in series somewhere, and think I will keep them for the holiday.

The 100-year-old man who climbed out his window and disappeared” was the highlight of my recent reads. I can see it being one of those books I reread.

The Girl with all the Gifts” is another unusual dystopian read; I enjoyed it. I had read the first chapter as a preview in one of the other books I’ve read, so I had a weird déjà vu  experience at first. The ending had a sad twist. Not the way I imagined (or hoped) it would go.

I still feel a bit ambivalent about “The first phone call from heaven“. I gave it four stars, but it feels like I still need some closure about it; much like the people who received the calls, I think.

I can’t believe it took me so long to finally read “Animal Farm“. I didn’t enjoy it all that much from an entertainment point of view, but it was well-written and I think a very astute observation for its time. Probably a bit brave too.

Finally, I didn’t expect to enjoy “Fangirl” as much as I did. To be honest though, that doesn’t say much; I gave it three stars.

According to Goodreads I’m 12 books ahead of schedule, so I think it’s safe to say I’ll exceed my 100-book target. Somewhere along the line I kind of forgot about my resolution to read a paperback/hard cover once a month. One of the three books I’m reading now is a paperback, and the Afrikaans book I plan to get and read for our book club meeting in December is a hard cover, so all is not completely lost, at least.

Have you read any of these latest 25 books? Which one did you enjoy most, and which one are you most likely to add to your to-read list?

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