2022 Book Challenge

Even though I barely read much of anything last year I still enjoy setting myself a target for reading, so my dad and I are once again embarking on the Popsugar Reading Challenge.

At the moment I am starting with my lovely haul of Christmas books and finding categories to slot them into, but once I’ve read those, will need to have a proper look at the list and try to select some interesting books!

I am determined to read more this year than I managed last year, though I expect I will as I’ll be on adoption leave at some point so will hopefully have a few moments of “me” time to read here and there…

I have started out strong in January, but suspect this will tail off at some point….

Book 1: Mystical Places, by Sarah Baxter

Category: A book that fulfills your favourite prompt from a previous PopSugar reading challenge (A book involving travel)

Book 2: The Teenager who came to tea, A parody, by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees

Category: A book you can read in one sitting

Book 3: Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell

Category: A different book by an author you read in 2021

This was really gripping. I don’t usually like period fiction, and this is set in Shakespeare’s era, but it’s really well-written and I raced through it.

Book 4: Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Category: A book with a character on the ace spectrum (think this means asexual but am not totally sure)

It’s hard to describe this book – odd and compelling, I enjoyed it, though not as much as I had liked Never let me go.

Book 5: Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

Category: A book featuring a parallel reality

This book was very weird, and I honestly couldn’t say if I liked it or not, but it was hard to put it down. I had no idea what was going on for at least the first 1/3 of the book, and then suddenly about halfway through it all started making sense. It was one of the oddest books I’ve ever read and I still can’t decide if I liked it or not!

Book 6: Because of you, by Dawn French

Category: A book about a secret

This one was utterly cheesy. I mean, that’s probably an insult to cheese, but nevermind. An easy ready but I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and the plot was very easy to guess.

Book 7: Life as we knew it, by Susan Pfeffer

Category: A book with a constellation on the cover or in the title

This is a young adult book about the end of the world. It was an easy read but quite tough in places given the last few years.

Book 8: The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa

Category: A Social Horror book

This was a slow-burn, haunting and chilling. A quiet calm dystopia where the most chilling part is the quiet acceptance of what is happening by the people in the story and the total lack of dissent or rebellion against the authorities.

Book 9: Red Dwarf, by Grant Naylor

Category: None

This was a re-read as I fancied something easy to zip through while I was ill.

Book 10: Guards, Guards, by Terry Pratchett

Category: None

Another quick and easy re-read – fun and one of my favourites.

Book 11: The Distance between us, by Maggie O’Farrell

Category: A book that features two languages

Loved this – like all her others it was a quick and gripping read. I also spotted some parallels between the characters in this book and the author’s own experiences as a child from her memoir.

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