So I am one month in to my reading challenge for 2015 and I think it’s going pretty well. I’ve ticked off a few so far but I’m rather worried that I’ve ticked off the easier options and I am never going to be able to keep up this volume of reading. Though it is interesting to see just how much reading I can got done in four short weeks.
How are you going on your goals for 2015? My others are either unformed or not started, so it’s nice for me to be able to tick off some boxes. Are you doing well on your resolutions?
A mystery or thriller – Murder in the Telephone Exchange by June Wright
June Wright was an immensely popular and successful author when she was published in the 1950s . Murder in the Telephone Exchange provides insight into the extinct world of the telephone exchange system as well as the society of 1950s Melbourne. As a mystery, it was dense with no relief until the final 20 pages, and while the heroine was a great character, she irritated me exceedingly. Nevertheless, I might look up some more of Wright’s work, particularly as she sounds like such an interesting woman herself.
A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – The Watsons / Sandition / Lady Susan by Jan Austen
This is a collection of Jane Austen’s unpublished or unfinished works. It will have no appeal to anyone who isn’t a fan of Austen, but if you are, there is no greater pleasure then sitting down to read such rare unread material. There is sadness in reading them, that the novels The Watsons and Sandition were never finished and once you’ve finished reading these three, you will never again read Austen for the first time.
A popular author’s first book – Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The book that started it all. Hard to judge the quality because while it felt mediocre, I am probably judging it against all the spy thrillers that followed, which is an unfair comparison. I did enjoy this book, despite Bond being properly misogynistic and at times infuriatingly changeable. It is so obvious reading this book just how much Fleming was a fan-boy of his own creation. You can practically read his stiffy.
A book set during Christmas – Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood
This one I completed by accident. I had this book on my shelves, having been given it as a Christmas gift, and I picked it up for some light read knowing I would enjoy it. Turns out – set at Christmas! Such a lucky break as it is hard to find books that are definitely set during the most stressful time of the year. I would have had to resort to Dickens.
A book with a one-word title – Affluenza by Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss
While this book may be a little outdated in terms of the economics they refer to, having being written in 2005, the ideas concepts are still relevant and thought-provoking.
A book from your childhood – Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
The ending affects me just as strongly as it did when I was little.
A book that became a movie – Q&A by Vikas Swarup (Turned into Slumdog Millionaire)
This one had very mixed reviews on Good Reads, a love/hate book. I enjoyed it. It’s a fairytale set in the grubby, violent and unappealing underbelly of India. A real mix of willing suspension of disbelief and accepting the vile realism of the violence portrayed. I was kind of glad when I finished it. Oh, and Slumdog Millionaire is a PG rated version of the book.
At the moment I’m reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith. I really should focus on one but it depends if I am in the mood for scientific thought or digestible light-hearted stories. It’s nice to have options, even if it means my bedside is always cluttered.