Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about mid-year reading…
Now that we’ve come to the middle of the year, what do you think of your 2009 reading so far? Read anything interesting that you’d like to share? Any outstanding favourites?
My goal this year is to read 100 books for the 100+ Challenge. I'm fifteen books away from meeting that goal and it's just the middle of the year. I've been expanding my reading horizons a bit this year and stumbled on a theme - first time author reads. I've read some really interesting books and discovered some really good and also some I considered not so good authors. But some of those not so good are really, really popular which makes me scratch my head and wonder what I'm missing. So, I'm taking a tip from Shanra who recently posted Shanra's Tips for giving new to you authors a second chance and giving some of those not so good authors a 2nd chance. Such as James Patterson....any recommendations?
Out of all the books I've read so far there are some that really stand out. For instance War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I actually enjoyed reading the story which surprised the heck out of me. Which makes me look forward to reading Anna Karenina at some point this year. Others that stand out and made an impression were The book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meisner, A World I Never Made by James LePore, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe and The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruis Zafon
Authors that stood out and I will definitely be looking for and reading more of including the ones above are Aimee Thurlo, Robyn Carr, Patricia Briggs, Harlan Coben, J.T. Ellison, Brandilyn Collins and Iain Pears to name a few. Of course I have my old favorites such as Nora Roberts, and Cindy Gerard.
Through my Modern Lit class, I read Virginia Woolf and James Joyce for the very first time, which will also be the last time. Stream of conciousness narratives give me a headache.
I discovered I really enjoy historical fiction and art mysteries, rediscovered science fiction / fantasy and that there are really many different types of romance stories out there. I'm looking forward to reading the books that are currently on the shelves and whatever may come my way during the year.
What are your favorites this year?