Now we are in the fifteen-week of the year, I wanted to do a brief update on where I am on the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge. Have I read the target of fifteen books?
I’m only four books behind. So far this year, I’ve read:
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – 3 Stars – review here
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – 4 Stars – review here
- Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird – 4 Stars
- Twisted Ones by Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley – 2 Stars
- Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Philips – 2 Stars – review here
- Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald – 3 Stars
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – 5 Stars
- Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah – 3 Stars
- William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher – 5 Stars – review here
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett – 3 Stars
- White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – 3 Stars
Now, given I have a history of a massive mood slump between January to April, which almost always coincides with starting a new job as it has again this year, I think that list is at all bad at all. What I have been woefully neglectful in is keeping a track of books read and writing up reviews. What can I say, I can’t be everywhere at once, people! (Hamilton reference…)
Already, however, I’m feeling the difference between my reading compared to last year. As I’ve written about before, I went through a period where I just couldn’t read anything new or of any substance. And the quality of my fiction writing went downhill rapidly.
As Stephen King says, “‘If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” And it’s true. Since I’ve started my reading challenge, my writing has been so much more productive and I’ve been enjoying my fiction again.
And just a quick note, if you’ve ever wanted to start reading Russian literature but don’t know where to start, can I wholly recommend White Nights. It one of Dostoyevsky’s shortest stories and is beautifully written. Though a little weird if you’ve never read Russian literature before.
Remember, it’s never too late to sign up for the challenge! If you’re interested, head over to Robin’s blog and check out the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.