It’s no secret that I’m a complete bookworm at heart. I see absolutely nothing wrong with spending an entire day reading and truly enjoy nights in with a mug of tea and a good book (to make me seem even more like an octogenarian I sometimes switch up books for knitting- awesome, I know.) After reading a ridiculous amount while backpacking almost two years ago, I found that without the long bus rides and beach days, and with the addition of classes and homework, my ‘fun’ reading slid into oblivion. With school now behind me and travel once again on the horizon (tentatively scheduled for October!!) I felt the time was high for a little reading challenge.
It’s with great excitement that I give you The 52 in 52 Challenge! Da da Daaaa! The concept is simple: 52 weeks to read 52 books, or in other words, 1 book a week for a year. Exciting right? (My roommate would beg to differ.)
I decided to start off with the highly recommended The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. It’s one that I’ve been meaning to read forever, and boy was I glad I finally did. The story centers around the life of Aminata Diallo, a girl who at 11 years old was abducted from her village in West Africa, forced to march for months to the sea, and sold into slavery in South Carolina. Due to the graphic and sometimes horrifying content, the book is at times hard to read. Push through the grit though, and you’ll be rewarded with an incredible story of survival, determination, and compassion. Definitely one to recommend.
My second novel up for the challenge was Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments Series. What can I say about this one? Spare yourself. I can honestly say this is the first book I’ve ever read where I became frustrated while reading it because the writing, plot and characters were so terrible. I finished it so I could count it towards this list, but seriously, don’t try it for yourself. Stephanie Meyer already wrote about vampires, werewolves and love triangles, and although they definitely aren’t works of literary genius, the Twilight series were infinitely more palatable than this one.
So where to from here? I already have a bit of a queue on my bedside table, but am always needing and looking for suggestions. What’s your favourite book or series? What do I NEED to include on my list? As the kids say, holla atcha girl!
52 in 52
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare