New Years resolutions.
My 2007 resolution was to read 50 books in one year - unfortunately, as those keeping up with my book reviews blog may have noticed, I did not succeed. I only reached 40.5. These were:
(A quick key, before I do, as to how I rate books:
1/5 - awful; avoidavoidavoid! If the choice is between this and
2/5 - poor; only read if you have nothing better to do.
3/5 - average; not bad, but not memorable either. A good holiday read.
4/5 - great; enjoyable and definitely worth a read.
5/5 - brilliant; one of my favourites and a must-read!)
1. Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian. 3/5.
2. Anne Rice, Merrick. 3/5.
3. Terry Pratchett, Mort. 4/5.
4. Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha. 4/5.
5. Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man. 4/5.
6. Dick King Smith, The Sheep Pig. 4/5.
7. Tom Holt, Alexander at the World’s End. 4/5.
8. Terry Pratchett, Hogfather (5/5)
9. Terry Pratchett, Soul Music (5/5)
10. Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl (5/5)
11. Stephen Fry, The Stars’ Tennis Balls (4.5/5)
12. Jane Moore, Dot.Homme (3/5)
13. Jed Rubenfield, The Interpretation of Murder (4/5)
14. Eva Rice, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets (4/5)
15. Philippa Gregory, The Queen’s Fool (3/5)
16. Philippa Gregory, The Virgin’s Lover (3/5)
17. Philippa Gregory, The Constant Princess (4/5)
18. Philippa Gregory, The Boleyn Inheritance (4/5)
19. Alison Weir, Innocent Traitor (4/5)
20. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (4/5)
21. Susanna Dunn, The Queen of Subtleties (3/5)
22. Alison Weir, Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen of England (4/5)
23. Garth Nix, Sabriel (3/5)
24. Lauren Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada (2/5)
25. Bram Stoker, Dracula (5/5)
26. Douglas Kennedy, The Pursuit of Happiness (5/5)
27. Agatha Christie, Mrs McGinty’s Dead (4/5)
28. Lana Thompson, The Wandering Womb: A Cultural History of Outrageous Beliefs about Women (3/5)
29. Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table (4/5)
30. Jasper Fforde, First Among Sequels (3/5)
31. Agatha Christie, Dumb Witness (4/5)
32. Gregory Maguire, Wicked (2/5)
33. Gregory Maguire, Confessions of an Ugly Step-Sister (5/5)
34. Paullina Simons, Red Leaves (5/5)
35. Karen Harper, The Queene's Cure (3/5)
36. Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men (4/5)
37. Alison Weir, Elizabeth the Queen (5/5)
38. Alison Plowden, Tudor Women: Queens and Commoners (3/5)
39. Peter Benchley, Jaws (5/5)
40. Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain (5/5)
Currently reading: Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd.
So, naturally, this year I plan to try to beat this; it should be easier as I finish university in May and so will have a lot more spare time on my hands. At the moment I'm struggling to read two or three pages a day for fun, let alone a few chapters! I will be pleased if I manage to beat 40, though reaching the target of fifty would be even better.