I thought I would drop by and give you all a bit of an end-of-year TBR update since I think a few of you might be interested in what else I am planning to read by the end of 2018.
I am still trying my best to achieve a 50/50 split of male/female authors but I think I’m just going to have to accept that that isn’t a realistic goal for me anymore – I read far too many male-authored books earlier this year and my reading for the past few weeks has been almost non-existent.
That said, I have managed to finish the first Harry Potter book on audio (read by Stephen Fry) and I must say that it was a rather spectacular experience. In all honesty, I don’t think the book itself was amazing (though I’m led to believe that the series improves in later books), but having Fry narrate them was an extraordinarily good choice. For me, at least half the enjoyment came from listening to him perform for a few hours.
Looking forward to the next couple of weeks I have set myself quite an intense task: I want to finish all of the books listed below.
- I am currently over 60% of the way through The Gospel of Loki and so far I’m disappointed – it’s quite an unimaginative retelling of Norse mythology so far. I was hoping to enjoy it more than I have done so far, but hopefully, it picks up some in the remaining couple of hours.
- I’m around 50 pages through H is for Hawk and I’m disappointed by this one, too. There are quite a few rave reviews online (and it’s taught in some UK schools), but I’m just not enjoying my time. I won’t DNF this one as it isn’t bad it just isn’t good either. Of course, I am only a small way through the book so this could all change.
- Mort is a reread for me so I should fly through that – I loved it when I first read it a couple of years ago so I’ll be interested to see how it holds up now.
- I’m now planning on listening to Neil Gaiman performing A Christmas Carol at some point (https://soundcloud.com/nypl/neil-gaiman-reads-a-christmas-carol) – my first time with Dickens and quite possibly my first classic this year.
- The rest of the books will probably end up having a full review written about them in due course and I don’t have anything to say about them yet as they are all sat on my TBR unread!
Do let me know if you have read any of these books – I’d be really interested to see what your experiences were!
Bookish secret: All of my knowledge of A Christmas Carol comes from The Muppets version and the Doctor Who adaptation.