Due to a change in life circumstances, I’m now able to tackle my massive mountain of fun books, aka non-academic related shinies. In the last two months, I’ve read 22 fun books—twenty-two! This is super exciting because ever since I decided to get serious about English literature, I never got to actually enjoy English literature as a reader, and not as an academic or researcher or someone-with-their-brain-perpetually-turned-on-while-words-are-present.
I’ve been keeping track of these books along with my general thoughts on them, and instead of hogging all the ranting and the gushing, I’m going to share them with the big, bad, scary Intermenet. And, seeing as I’m doing all this reading anyway, I thought it’d be fun to sign up to two rather funky challenges—so here we are!
The Colour Coded Challenge (hosted by My Reader’s Block)
1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title.
2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title.
3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title.
4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title.
5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title.
6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title.
7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title.
8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).
1: “Blue”: Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie
3: “Yellow”: The Golden Bowl by Henry James
7: “White”: White Oleander by Janet Fitch
The Alphabet Soup Challenge (hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book)
by Georgette Heyer
B: The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
by Georgette Heyer
D: Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne
by David Gaider
E: Ecce Homo
by Friedrich Nietzsche
F: Fire and Hemlock
by Diana Wynne Jones
G: The Golden Bowl
by Henry James
H: The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
I: An Intelligent Life
by Julian Short
M: Midnight’s Children
by Salmon Rushdie
by Diana Gabaldon
by Jane Austen
S: A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon
T: A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
by Sarah Rees Brennan
W: Weeping Waters
by Anne Maria Nicholson
I’ll keep this list updated as I devour the books, and will also post my reviews/thoughts/analyses/ramblings related to the pleasures of reading funfunfun books!