42 Books

booksMy newest venture: 42 books in 52 weeks!

Why 42?

Because, “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is 42” – at least according to Douglas Adams who wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  Also, it gives me 10 weeks to fiddle around and procrastinate. 🙂

But why do it at all?

First, I’m great at buying and downloading books and starting to read them, but not so good at finishing them – so this project is selfishly meant to motivate me.

Second, I am inspired by many of the books I read, and yet I don’t have a satisfactory outlet for the thoughts they encourage. So I’m creating that outlet, in the form of blog posts. Some will be reviews, some will be random thoughts inspired as I read that book, but every book will get some comments at the very least.

I know I’m the big winner here, but I hope you get some value out of my new commitment too. One thing will be for sure, you’ll rarely read a bad review here, because only the books I finish will be listed. I never make it far in a book I don’t completely enjoy.

Cheers!

  1. Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese
  2. Godiva, by Nicole Galland
  3. Whisper, by Phoebe Kitanidis
  4. Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Think Like A Freak, by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
  6. A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny
  7. Just a Little Run Around the World, by Rosie Swale Pope
  8. Wards of Faerie, 1st book in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, by Terry Brooks (Wonderful! Classic Terry Brooks, and yes, I am a fan of his work.)
  9. Bloodfire Quest, 2nd book in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, by Terry Brooks (Ditto!)
  10. Witch Wraith, 3rd book in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, by Terry Brooks (Again, ditto!)
  11. Becoming Magic, by Genevieve Davis (Hard to review… There is so much good stuff in this little book that I need to read it again, and again.)
  12. The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  13. Born For This, by Chris Guillebeau (Loved this book. Recommended.)
  14. Doing Magic, by Genevieve Davis (As with Becoming Magic, these little books are awesome! I’m personally convinced that they are written by JK Rowling.)
  15. The Gatecrasher, by Madeleine Wickham
  16. The Humans, by Matt Haig
  17. The Last Englishman, by Keith Fosket (Enjoyed this book immensely. I want to do this hike, or something like it. I also want to read more of Keith Fosket’s work, so I bought another of his books. Hopefully I’ll have time to read it soon.)
  18. Hook Line and Sinker, by Ev Bishop
  19. Advanced Magic, by Genevieve Davis (Amazing, and I need to read this entire set again! So much to learn.)
  20. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman (Very good and entertaining. It is one of those books that’s hard to put down, plus you can’t guess what will happen – or I couldn’t anyway.)
  21. The Reluctant Tuscan, by Phil Doran (Very funny and I loved the details of Tuscany.)
  22. The Unseen World, by Liz Moore (Very slow and I almost stopped it a few times. At the end, I did find out what happened and it was a very cool ending, but it was barely worth the time. It’s a long book and kind of a downer in some ways. Well written though.)
  23. The Spirit Whisperer, by John Holland (I found it an interesting look into what a psychic does, and how the world appears to them.)
  24. Armada, by Ernest Cline (Quite good, but I still wandered off into other books as I read it. Maybe because I’m not a gamer and didn’t relate with some of it?)
  25. Steering By Starlight, by Martha Beck (Wonderful, amazing book that I highly recommend!)
  26. The Tour, by Jean Grainger (It was good. Not as well written as I’m used to reading, but I know I’m really sensitive to that. Most readers wouldn’t have a problem with the writing. Even with that, the characters eventually pulled me into the world of the book. Also, reading this book made me want to go back to Ireland.)
  27. Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross (This was an interesting book. Since it happened so long ago, records were spotty back then. However, the author did an amazing job of researching. Definitely a worthwhile read, though long.)
  28. Enlightenment for Idiots, by Anne Cushman (One of my favourite books all year! So fun and funny and wise and interesting and, well, read it!)
  29. The Girl With All The Gifts, by MR Carey (Another of my favourite books this year. I was kind of blown away by it actually. I can’t tell you why or how, because that would ruin it for you, but it is worth every second of time it takes to read it!)
  30. Anxiety, the Mechanics of Anxiety, by Edward Freeman (So informative. If you want to understand what happens in your brain when you feel anxious, this is a great (and quick) read. Understanding anxiety promotes controlling anxiety!)
  31. My Grape Year, by Laura Bradbury (This book was pretty good and I enjoyed it, though in my opinion, the main character was a bit too focussed on her boyfriend and not enough on France.)
  32. Three Abductions and an Earl, by Tessa Candle (A fun regency romance romp! Well written, and stuffed full of quips and intrigue.)
  33. Courageous Dreaming, by Alberto Villoldo (A wise, wise book! Can’t even remotely begin to say how much good stuff there is in it.)

For the books with notes only, I may yet do longer reviews. In the meantime, the short notes will have to do.

I’m busy writing novels and screenplays, remember? 🙂