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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

And then I read...

At the beginning of the year I decided to start keeping a journal of every book I read this year (even when it's something I've read before, as a lot of the things I've read this year have been); not just a list of them, but a brief page about what I thought of each book as well. I've been sticking to it so far, and it's been nice to see the book start to fill up.

This post doesn't serve much purpose, and probably won't be of much interest to anybody. It's simply a list of what I've read this year so far (as we're halfway through the year it seems a good time to do this), mainly for my records but also so you can sort of see what's been influencing my Flash 365 stories - though the list is in alphabetical rather than chronological order. If I carry this on next year I think I'll also keep track of when I read everything and how long each book takes me to get through - I don't think there's much point in starting doing that for this year now, though.

So, without further ado, the books I've read in 2012 thus far:

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
Julian Barnes - The Sense Of An Ending
Ros Barber - The Marlowe Papers
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Shadow
Orson Scott Card - Speaker For The Dead
Orson Scott Card -  Shadow Of The Hegemon
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
James Dashner - Maze Runner
Jennie Downham - You Against Me
John Grisham - The Associate
Stephen King - The Gunslinger
Stephen King - The Drawing Of The Three
Stephen King - The Waste Lands
Stephen King - Wizard And Glass
Stephen King - The Wind Through The Keyhole
Stephen King - The Wolves of The Calla
Stephen King - Song Of Susannah
Stephen King - The Dark Tower
Stephen King - 'Salem's Lot
Garth Nix - A Confusion Of Princes
Michelle Paver - Dark Matter
Graham Swift - Waterland
Alice Sebould - The Lovely Bones
Laini Taylor - Daughter Of Smoke And Bone
G. Willow Wilson - Alif The Unseen
Jeanette Winterson - Sexing The Cherry


That's 28 books, which is about one a week. Not bad going, but I don't think it's representative of how much I could have read. For example, I read three of the Dark Tower books in a week, yet I started both Alif The Unseen and Daughter Of Smoke And Bone a week or two ago (along with Catherynne M. Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, which I still haven't finished) and put them both down mid-way through for whatever reason, then didn't read anything for a week and a half. I've just finished them both tonight, and will probably finish the Valente book tomorrow.

My goal is to finish another 32 books before the end of the year. 60 is an arbitrary number based entirely on wanting to read more in the second half of the year than I did in the first. We'll see how that goes. I'm also interested to see how many books I'll forget I've read by the end of the year - even just typing this list up some of the titles made me think, "Oh yeah, I did read that didn't I?" and for a couple I had to flick to the book's entry in the journal to see what I'd thought of them, because I completely forgot my reaction to them.

Anyway. That wasn't interesting for anybody except me. I'll try and do better next time.

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