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2013 Goodreads Challenge

Last year I signed myself up to take part in the Goodreads 2012 reading challenge.

I set myself the challenge of reading at least 30 new books within the year….needless to say I didn’t quite make it! I managed the grand total of 21 books throughout the year which I am still quite pleased about!

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These included:

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Silver Linings Play Book – Matthew Quick

Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, #1) – Abigail Gibbs

PUSH – Sapphire

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien

Me Before You – Moyes, Jojo

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) – E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2) – E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) – E.L. James

My Name Is Memory – Ann Brashers

Carmilla – Joseph Sheriden Le Fanu

The Lorax – Dr Seuss

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) – Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) – Suzanne Collins

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

 

Whilst i’m pretty pleased I tackled a few classic books…i’m also ashamed to say I gave into the hype and read the 50 Shades trilogy!

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I have quite a few books in my ‘to read’ pile for this year. These include:

 

 

The Passage – Justin Cronin (Currently reading and I love it!)

 

The Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 

Wonder – RJ Palacio

 

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

 

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Mark Haddon

 

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

 

The Odyssey – Homer

If anyone else is taking part in the reading challenge, let me know! It would be great to follow others progress too…hopefully it will encourage me to keep on track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Reading – Thirteen Reasons Why

I can be a book worm at times! I try to read every night before I go to bed, after looking at a computer screen for most of the day its nice to unwind and give my peepers a bit of a rest!

I’ve been reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

This is a quick run down thanks to our trusty friend Wikipedia:

Clay Jensen, a somewhat shy California high school student, returns home from school one day to find an anonymously-sent package sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker, his classmate and emotional crush who recently committed suicide. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to explain why she took her life. Hannah has given a second set of tapes to one of their classmates, the identity of whom Clay later discovers, and warns the people on the tapes that if they do not pass them on, the second set will be leaked to the entire student body. This could lead to the public embarrassment and shame of certain people, while others could face physical harassment charges or jail time. Through the audio narrative, Hannah reveals her pain and suffering and the slide into depression that ultimately leads to her suicide.

I’d seen the book pop up a few times on the PostSecret app and was intrigued. As someone who’s had their fair share of general cr*p times in the past, I really wanted to find out a bit more about it. I’ve had my own ‘wobbles’ in the past so it was a nice change to read a book that you could really relate to.

It took me a while to track it down but I found it in a little corner of Waterstones (the BEST  bookshop in my opinion!).

I really liked it! I only took a few days to read and at times I could have cried. Its really well written, especially for an adult male writing from the point of view of a teenage girl. I really liked his interview at the end of the book where he describes talking through ‘high school’ situations with his female friends.

Suicide is a serious issue for everyone, so many young people are in the press at the moment, as well as many more that are not, after committing suicide due to bullying for their sexuality. Similarly, many older people have been highlighted by the press as committing suicide because of debt.

The book really makes you step back and think how little actions can build up into more. It doesn’t hurt to pay someone a compliment or offer to listen if someone seems a little low, it might just be the little thing that saves someone.

If you want to find out more heres some links:

www.thirteenreasonswhy.com

www.13RWProject.com

www.hannahsreasons.blogspot.com