Tuesday, 27 December 2016

End of Year Review 2016

Well, another fantastic year for reading, despite the politics going on in the world. Yes, there have been a few failures, but also some huge successes for me, and some very big books read! As with last year, I've read over 100 books and 40,000 pages, and I met most of my reading resolutions set at the beginning of the year. Below is this year's list of books and statistics, for those of you who are interested, up to 27th December 2016.

Books read: 133
Pages read: 44846
Longest book: It by Stephen King (1396 pages)
Shortest book: Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside by Christopher Fowler (16 pages)
Average No. pages: 337

This year's highlights include finishing reading all of Robin Hobb's and Megan Lindholm's books, discovering Patrick Rothfuss and reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. My wife also has her first novel, The Dragon Under My House on Amazon for kindle, which is a massive achievement for someone who only learnt English a few years ago! Finally, I also delved further into the world of Golden Age crime novels, which have become one of my favourite genres.

Disappointingly, two of my attempts at classics have failed miserably. Very early in the year, I started Les Miserables, but gave up after about 300 pages, and the Don Quixote after 100 or so. I was very frustrated with this, but the a lot of the rest of the books made up for this in some style!

Just as an addition to this, I have also been taking part in a Dickensian style read-along of Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, organised by Katie Lumsden through her Goodreads page and her YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/thesilverscribe). This involves reading three or four chapters of the book each month in the same way as the Victorians would have had access to. I'm finding it really fantastic and I think I will be sad when that finishes late in 2017.

Well, that's it for this year. Have a safe time over the rest of the holiday season, and I hope to see more of your comments and messages in 2017.

Happy New Year everyone!



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