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2013: My Year In Books

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Wow. I did it; 50 books in a year. This hasn’t been easy and the last week or so has been a bit of a cramming session to prove a point! I certainly won’t be attempting this feat again, at least for a couple of years (when I’ve forgotten how tough it was). Thought I might pick out a few highlights (and lowlights) of my reading year with some silly awards. Here goes…

The Believe The Hype Award
Stoner – John Williams
Some of the best prose I have ever read. Lovely story of real life; love, happiness and loss.

The Don’t Believe The Hype Award
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
OK technically I read 49.5 books because this one was relegated back to the shelf. I found the prose hard to get into, the plot dull and the whole thing pretentious. I’m counting it as a full book as at 800 pages, reading half is a massive time commitment waste of time.

The Best Recommended Reads Award
The Bourbon Kid Series
Big thanks to @leedsbookclub for recommending these books by “Anonymous”. Wacky, weird, hilarious. Still have one to read in 2014.

The I can’t wait to read your back catalogue Award
A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
Part of my Booker Prize Challenge, this was a revelation. I adored it from start to finish. Already have some other Ozeki on my shelf for 2014.

The Non-Fiction Award
Pioneer Detectives – Konstantin Kakaes
Picked this up on Kindle for a measly pound or two after seeing it in an online list of the best Science books of 2013. It’s a short quick read about the Pioneer spacecraft and the Pioneer Anomaly (unexpected differences in the data being beamed back & what theoretical Physics says these readings should be) which appears to prove Einstein and Newton’s Theoretical Physics wrong.

The Biggest Disappointment Award
Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy – Helen Fielding
Just left me all a little let down. Maybe I just didn’t like the fact Bridget had got old, that Mark had died or maybe this just wasn’t as good as its predecessors.

The Bookclub highlight of the Year Award
John Dies At The End – David Wong
You search forever for your next favourite author, everything falls short though. Then some absolute angel puts the answer you have been seeking in the Bookclub hat, it gets pulled out, the rest is history. If you like your fiction a lot weird; this is for you.
(Thanks, Neil!)

The Bookclub lowlight of the Year Award
Westwood – Stella Gibbons
It has no likeable characters. It has no interesting storyline. I have no more words.
(Sorry, Simon!)

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