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LilyWren - Part 3 The Home Stretch?

2014 Category Challenge

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Edited: Dec 30, 2014, 9:32am Top

I've had a few months of 'readers block' and now I 'm faced with 8 books to read in order to complete what I set out to do earlier in the year. Hopefully Christmas holidays will be kind.

Books read

1. SF Masterworks
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

2. Fantasy
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

3. Dystopia
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

4. Mystery
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
The Woods by Harlan Corben

5. Psychology (non-fiction)
The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

6. Classic Literature
The Plague by Albert Camus
The Outsider by Albert Camus
The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

7. Memoir/Biography
The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace

8. German Literature
Little Man, What Now? by Hans Fallada

9. Scandinavian Literature
Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist

10. Asian Literature
An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid

11. Contemporary Literature
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

12. Hugo Award Winners
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

13. Booker Award
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki

14. The Unfinished (I started but never finished)
The Trial by Franz Kafka

Nov 20, 2014, 11:44am Top

The Woods by Harlan Coben

My first Harlan Coben book and it didn't disappoint. If you're a fan of the crime/mystery genre then this one is for you. It's a classic crime/investigation formula that has been trodden many times before. It is predictable at certain parts but nonetheless well written, gripping and enjoyable as prosecutor Paul Copeland goes digging into his past, uncovering family secrets and lies.

I'll certainly pick up another Coben book. It reminds me of my distance mid-teenage years when I became obsessed with reading all the Ruth Rendell mysteries there were. I may do the same with Coben especially when he has had the power to get me out of a reading block which has lasted several months.

Nov 20, 2014, 4:32pm Top

Oh, the dreaded Reader's Block, I hope it's well and truly gone and that you'll have smooth reading from here on.

Nov 20, 2014, 8:42pm Top

Reader's Block is evil.... that is usually when I go into overdrive mode crafting and TV binge watching, in the hopes of shaking it. I have my fingers crossed that 8 books will be easily doable for you.

Nov 21, 2014, 12:33am Top

Ah thanks :) I'm just going to look for books with very few pages! The current Oscar Wilde one was basically a letter he wrote when in prison. If I can find a few more to fit the cateogories I have....Ah, we shall see.

Yes, that block! It felt like forever before I could focus on a book. In the end it was good ole fashion crime that won me over :)

Nov 22, 2014, 8:31pm Top

My usual block-breakers are rereads or young adult, but crime works too.

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