How did I do?
I struggled to get through my books in August, but almost managed it – getting up to nineteen books altogether. I was totally on track, but I had a close family bereavement at the end of July and this has been very difficult to deal with. So I’m really very happy with how I got on overall. I thought about squeezing in a really short book on the last day, but I just didn’t have the energy. I’m also a few books behind with my reviews, but I’m sure I’ll get back on track soon.
Throughout this challenge I’ve definitely had it reinforced to me that I can not plan what I will read very far in advance! There is just no point. I need to read what I feel like reading at the time.
Here’s my list of twenty books I originally planned to read, with the books I actually read in red. Any that were in addition to the original list of 20 are added beyond book twenty. So I ended up reading twelve that weren’t on my original list, and only seven I planned to back in May.
- The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry (review)
- Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng (review)
- Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor (review)
- the Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
- Hope in the Dark – Rebecca Solnit
- Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit (review)
- Nobody Told Me – Holly McNish
- Dear Fatty – Dawn French
- Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
- The Power – Naomi Alderman (review)
- The Lottery (and other stories) – Shirley Jackson
- Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
- The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
- A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall
- How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
- The Road – Cormac McCarthy
- The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave (review)
- Wonder – RJ Palacio
- The Color Purple – Alice Walker
- Queen of Spades – Michael Shou-Yung Shum
- Living the Dream – Lauren Berry (review)
- Inferior – Angela Saini (review)
- Holidays On Ice – David Sedaris (review)
- The Unseen – Roy Jacobsen (review)
- Nasty Women – 404Ink (review)
- All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg (review)
- Anger Is An Energy – John Lydon (review)
- The Seed Collectors – Scarlett Thomas (review)
- How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne (review)
- Lincoln In The Bardo – George Saunders (review)
- The Beautiful Bureaucrat – Helen Philips
I’ve really enjoyed this challenge. It’s motivated me to get through a few more books than I otherwise might have. I’m sure I’ll do something similar next year!