Personal Challenges: 30 Books

This Sunday, a most glorious event occurred. I awoke at 6:30 am and immediately grabbed Titus Groan and started to read. I carried it around the house with me, read it while waiting in line to get produce from the farmer’s market and curled up with it in bed. After reading it, I was in awe by how amazing it was. I have heard it described as “liquid poetry” and I must admit that it was stunningly written. I have definitely fallen in love with Peake’s writing and I am sad that he passed away without leaving more of his work behind.

After Titus Groan I have begun reading The Family Fang. It has proved interesting and I think it will be a fast read. I stopped reading the Song of Ice and Fire series because I felt like I needed a break from Martin’s style of writing. After reading the first four books so close together, they began to bleed together and I was feeling a little bogged down by the number of characters I had swimming around in my head.

The next book after The Family Fang will either be The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities or Busy Monsters. I think that I will continue to put off A Dance with Dragons until I have distanced myself from the story a bit, I want it fresh when I return to it.

I have also updated my lists to show what I have read this year and what I need to read. There is a sprinkling of YA books, as I knew I needed some quick/easy reads. I still have one spot left, so if there is a suggestion to fill the last spot I would be completely open to reading it.

Books I Have Read 2011:
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Embassytown by China Mieville
Saved by Beauty by Roger Housden
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger*
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison*
Code of Trees by Jonathon Safran Foer
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Ten Thousand Saints: A Novel by Eleanor Henderson
Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart
Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
not simple by Natsume Ono*

*Do not count towards my goal of 30 books

Still To Read 2011:
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
The Map of Time by Felix Palma
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake
Titus Awakes by Mervyn Peake
Busy Monsters by William Giraldi
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities by Ann Vandermeer
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson**
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

**May be replaced with A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Titles that have a strikethrough  them were read and updated on Sept 5, 2011 and Sept 18, 2011.

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