Lex 23's 2012 50 Book Challenge
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As I am curious as to whether I will make it to read 50 books in a year, I'm going to put myself to the test. I have made it pretty difficult for myself, as my to-read-pile includes some very thick books (like the new Murakami). I will make up for this by reading some graphic novels :)
I read all kinds of books (fiction, non-fiction). My favourite authors include Haruki Murakami, Graham Greene and Brett Easton Ellis.
I will follow some other member's challenges and hope to get some good book tips along the way.
If you're reading a few chunkier books this year, throw in some lighter reads that you can get through quickly. I did that this year and found it helped a lot. I tend to read 2 books at once too, so if I find I don't want to read one, I've always got the other.
4. Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern by Simon Winder
History/travel book about Germany. This combination didn't really work for me. There are some interesting things in the book, mostly from the history parts. 2.5/5
7. Love virtually by Daniel Glattauer
Borrowed this one from a colleague who recommended it to me. Amusing book: 3.5/5
12. Girlfriend in a coma by Douglas Coupland
Quite a bad book in my opinion, story line far-fetched and kinda ridiculous... 1.5/5
13. Max Havelaar: Or The Coffee Auctions Of The Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli
Good book! 4/5
16. The Pyramid by William Golding
Started out as a really good book. The second half was dreadful though... 2.5/5
18 The castle by Franz Kafka
Started out great, but the second half failed to keep my attention. 3/5
20. On the beach by Nevil Shute
Impressed by this one! Great to read the friction between people spending their lives wasted at the end of the world, and those who act like nothing will happen. 4.5/5
25. Empire state: a love story by Jason Shiga
Nice graphic novel about the life of a nerd going to NY, trying to imitate Sleepless in Seattle. 3.5/5
26. Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Good book. Especially liked the second of the three parts. 4/5
27. Laatste schooldag by Jan Siebelink
Collection of short stories about a High school's staff. Weird collection, not very well written. 2/5
30. The talented mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
This one came to me via a recommendation by a friend. I thought the book was great. A lot of suspense, great setting in Italy. 4.5/5
32. The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Good book at first, but after a while the 100 year old's adventures became repetitive and the book lost my interest. 3.5/5
37. Ripley underground by Patricia Highsmith
Nice sequal to the first Ripley book. 4/5
38. The metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka
I loved the story The metamorphosis. THe other ones were nice too. 3.5/5
40. The blade itself by Joe Abercrombie
Good first book in a trilogy of which I already bought part two. A bit slow at times though. 4/5
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