Bookends

Today I reached my next target on the yearly book read! I’ve now read 75 books in 2020, 23 since the last time I updated.

I’ve upped my target to 100, which considering I don’t really do anything apart from read and paint should be doable! 25 books for the remaining 4 months of the year works out at about 6 or 7 a month (if my maths is right!)

I’ve read some very good books lately and a couple of ones I really didn’t enjoy – a full list can be seen on my Goodreads account here: http://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/19297603

I wasn’t very impressed with Women Don’t Owe You Pretty (I felt it was too basic for anyone well versed in feminist ideas but too reliant on certain ideas to be an introductory text, so I’m not sure who it was aimed at, and I couldn’t warm to the style of writing at all) or with Wicked – I love the stage show which I was very fortunate to see at Birmingham Hippodrome, but the book is very different and, to my mind, just not as good.

I’m not quite sure which one was my favourite but I loved both Daniel Ortberg’s Something That May Shock and Discredit You and Elif Shafak’s 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds.


Both are very different books but both well worth reading!

My next read is going to be This is Happiness by Niall Williams – it’s not something I was aware of before but I bought it mostly on the strength of the cover.

Also on my to-read list are two books that were released today but neither of which I actually own yet – the new Raynor Winn (I read and loved her first book and so I’m hoping that the sequel lives up to my expectations!) and Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club. As always, other suggestions are always welcome and appreciated – although I have quite a few books ordered!

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