I've challenged myself to read a book a week during 2023. So far I'm ahead of my target at 30 books read to date.
Some of the books are easy reading with Enid Blyton books are in an evening, the modern day books take about 2-3 days and the classics can take over a week to read and I have at least two books on the go at any time.
Lord of the Flies - William Golding. Re read from O level days
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. One of those books everyone should read
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens. Re read from O level days
Off Mice and Men - John Steinbeck. Re read from O level days
Macbeth - Shakespeare. Re read from O level days
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood. Never watched the TV series, but the book was brillant
A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams. One we all think we know till we read it.
Frankenstein - Mary Shelly. The hardest book I've read to date, takes ages to get going through a series of letters.
Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome. Loved this book so much, a travel guide to the Thames.
Good Eggs - Rebecca Hardiman. Light and easy read.
Pippi Longstockings - Astrid Lindgren. A childhood favourite.
Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton. A childhood favourite.
The Tempest - Shakespeare. Read the summary first to get an understanding of the plot, characters came to life.
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson. A bit boring, had to persevere.
Agatha Raisin Terrible Tourist - M. C. Beaton. Quick read in a day.
Anything Could Happen - Lucy Diamond. A life that could've gone either way, all the 'what ifs?'
Home Truths - Susan Lewis. Dealing with your husbands murder and blaming your son who then becomes a missing person.
The Wild Roses - D.B. Carter Three friends in the mid 80's making different choices and following the paths they lead.
Oranges are not the only fruit - Jeanette Winterson. Absolutely loved the BBC drama with Charlotte Coleman back in 1991. A young woman growing up with the church and not conforming with mothers expectations of her.
The Enemy - Lee Child. Exploring Reachers military days.
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe. My fathers book given to him by his Granny in 1947.
Restoring Grace - Katie Fforde. Easy read about lost love and new beginnings.
Follow Me Home - Cathy Woodman. A light hearted story about finding new love.
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell. Hard to get going, but once engaged the pages just raced past.
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kaplanithi. Pauls' story as a Neurologist discovering he has brain cancer, how he deals with the treatment, life and ultimately his death.
Five Go Adventuring Again - Enid Blyton. I've been reading this book alongside a mentee in school and we've been comparing childhood with the now and the then.
Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell - Making sure my windows are locked during the hot weather
Blue Moon - Lee Child - Quite a lot of graphic violence but good plot line
The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien Very different to my childhood memory of reading this book, probably because all I can see now as I read are the characters as they were portrayed on TV
Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy - hard going and plot didn't really work for me (abandoned)
Malory Towers - Enid Blyton 'Your people are here' Parents arrive to collect their daughter from boarding school
The American Dream 1965 - Norman Mailer
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
POSH - Laura Wade
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Andre Le Vot