Feb. 16th, 2016

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Okay, let's pretend it's 6 weeks earlier, right? I totally wasn't lazy in updating my book list AT ALL.

79: The Royal Mess, by Mary Janice Davidson

It started getting really repetitive. And so much insta-love from constant boning. It was a neat idea, but it's clear it wasn't going to go anywhere new.

80: The Green Road, by Anne Enright

Uhm. Difficult to say. I liked it, but I couldn't love it. It's certainly a good book, might even be a great one, but it just didn't speak to me. I couldn't have cared less about anything in it. Still, for all that, I don't regret reading it. For those interested, it's a book taking apart a family in 1980s up to contemporary Ireland. It's well done. It's just not a voice resonating with me.

81: High Rising, by Angela Thirkell

My brother lent me this, it's another of his obscure literature finds. It was a very fun, light-hearted book, didn't take itself too seriously. Nice little romp in the 1930s English countryside.

82: To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis

I gave myself this book as a Christmas present and OMG loved it SO SO MUCH!!!! Why didn't y'all tell me sooner I had to read this one?


So, all in all, 82 books in 2015. Certainly not my highest number, but then again, it took me a whole bloody month to read that French book alone ... and I'm certainly happy with most of the books I read that year, so there's that :)
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Book 1: The Second World War, by Antony Beevor

Because I clearly haven't learnt my lesson from last year, this one was one gigantic big tome that took me almost six weeks to read. How am I ever going to approach Shem's book-numbers? Other than that, it was frightfully interesting and I learnt tons.

Book 2: The Martian, by Andy Weir

I'm normally not at all into sci-fi, but Marie gave it such an interesting review that I wanted to try it. I did really really like it! Objectively, there were a few rough edges to the writing and with all the sci stuff, I have no clue if it would actually have worked or was bullshit especially that spaceship that couldn't just return to Mars? But obviously it made sense within the story. And subjectively the book was a total page-turner!

Book 3: The Ghost, by Robert Harris

That was an intriguing political thriller with a twisted ending! Also, Blair. That guy basically is Blair by any other name. Just saying.



As for 2016 book goals, I seem to be in the mood for a lot of non-fiction right now. I don't feel any urge towards anything supernatural right now, or anything romance-like. All I have on my reading pile right now is either gritty suspense thriller or gritty non-fiction. My goal is to expand the horizon a little :)

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