Hey Emma – The world sometimes works out right. I was in need of a reading challenge, but not really thinking about it when I stumbled across your 52 Books. As I read down the list, I kept saying “oh, YEAH!” and “ooh, I LOVED that one”. I said it so many times that I had to comment on your blog and follow you immediately.
Of course, it IS possible that even though you READ these, you might have HATED them, so my assumption that I should read all the other ones on your list is probably flawed. Anyway, here are the 12 that made my day:
- The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window by Jonas Jonasson
- What a fun little book this was, I didn’t want it to end.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- WEIRD, it reminded me of Gaiman a lot
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
- A quiet charmer, I was prepared to not like it (I was bullied into reading it) but I’m so glad I did.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- I’m a sucker for ‘stranger in a strange land’ stories, and this one is a beauty. Crap movie, I thought, and I had SO been looking forward to it. 😦
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- I did this one as an audio book while commuting, and I swear for the couple of weeks that I was listening to it, I have NO recollection of driving AT ALL. Enthralling.
- Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- Another strange surreal story, great fun.
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- It’s Stephenson. I needn’t say any more for those who know him, and I couldn’t begin for those who don’t. The book was irrelevant – whichever of his I saw on a list, I would have gone “ooh, I loved that”.
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- A classic; I’ve probably read it 4 times. Still haven’t seen the movie, I’m too afraid of it disappointing.
- Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
- Short and hilarious.
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- I haven’t finished this one yet; but as it’s the first known published fiction by a Data Modeler (for my sins that is my profession as well), I had to read it, and I’m liking it so far. So maybe technically I can’t put it on the “I loved it” list, but it did make me go ‘ooh’ when I saw it.
- And I didn’t even know there WAS a 2nd book! Yay!
- The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
- Twins, assassination, diamond teeth – what more could you want?
- Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
- As with Stephenson, words can’t do Sir Terry justice. And as with Stephenson, it wouldn’t have mattered which book was on the list.
So, Emma – now need to know whether I’ve chosen favorites, in which case I guess I can count on the rest of your list to become my own 2015 Challenge, or did I manage to pick only the duds?