I am very happy to report that I have completed my 2016 Reading Challenge, which, for those of you who don’t know, was to read 15 books that I owned at the end of 2015 but had never read. Many of these I have had for 10 or even 15 years!
After my son was born, my habit of reading had waned for a couple of years, but joyfully, around this time last year, the reading bug seemed to have caught up with me again. I thought 15 books might be a stretch, given that I hadn’t read anything in so long, but guess what, I actually completed the challenge at the end of August, 4 months in advance!
Not only have I read 15 ‘old’ books, but I have also read a number of books that I acquired over this year. (I’ll give you a re-cap of those at the end of this calendar year.) I thought I would struggle to finish 15, so as you can imagine, I am feeling rather chuffed with myself! And with 4 months to go till 2017, perhaps I’ll even be able to surpass the challenge by a book or two, who knows!
For now, here are links to the reviews I’ve written for the 15 books I read for my challenge:
- My Sainted Aunts by Bulbul Sharma
- The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
- The Mousewife by Rumer Godden
- Words of Freedom (Bhagat Singh)
- Hindu Gods: The Spirit of The Divine by Priya Hemenway
- How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
- Golden Rules by Wayne Dosick
- The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
- The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell
- Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
Happy reading to all you book lovers out there!