150 Books – Half Way!

150 Books – Half Way!

Those of you that have been around for a while will know that I was aiming to read 150 books in 2011, and (here’s the catch) at least 75 of them had to be ones I hadn’t read before.

Well. As someone who loves rereading books, this is rather a challenge. 150 books, easy. But 75 I hadn’t read before? What are you talking about?

My overall total is 75 although I’m currently in the middle of 3 more (4 if you count the Silmarillion, which I kinda put on hold). So, I’m half way through. Want to see my list?

Books I’ve re-read:

  1. Dancing Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)
  2. The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
  3. Tithe (Holly Black)
  4. Ironside (“)
  5. Valian (“)
  6. I am the messenger (Markus Zusak)
  7. A Company of Swans (Eva Ibbotson)
  8. The Secret Countess (Eva Ibbotson)
  9. Blood Red, Snow White (Marcus Sedgewick)
  10. Double Cross (Malorie Blackman)
  11. Lament (Maggie Stiefvater)
  12. Ballad (Maggie Steifvater)
  13. Mort (Terry Pratchett)
  14. Equal Rites (” “)
  15. A Little Princess (Frances Hodgesen Burnett)
  16. The Colour of Magic (Terry Pratchett)
  17. The Light Fantastic (” “)
  18. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  19. The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe (” “)
  20. Life, the Universe and Everything (” “)
  21. And Another Thing (Eoin Colfer)
  22. Pretties (Scott Westerfeld)
  23. Specials (Scott Westerfeld)
  24. Soul Music (Terry Pratchett)
  25. Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)
  26. The Wind Singer (William Nicholson)
  27. So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (Douglas Adams)
  28. Jango (William Nicholson)
  29. The Amulet of Samarkand (Jonathan Stroud)

Books I’ve Read For The First Time (An Impressively Long List):

  1. Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)
  2. Ballet Shoes for Anna (” “)
  3. The Ring of Solomon (Jonathan Stroud)
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
  5. Paddytum (Tricia Heighway)
  6. The Silver Hand (Stephen Lawhead)
  7. Crocodile Tears (Anthony Horowitz)
  8. The Endless Knot (Stephen Lawhead)
  9. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
  10. An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)
  11. The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (Beatrice Colin)
  12. Paper Towns (John Green)
  13. The Kiss of Death (Marcus Sedgewick)
  14. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred Taylor)
  15. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors (Jenny Nimmo)
  16. Charlie Bone and the Hidden King (” “)
  17. Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf (” “)
  18. Looking for Alaska (John Green)
  19. Hester’s Story (Adele Geras)
  20. Love, Stargirl  (Jerry Spinelli)
  21. The Keeper’s Daughter (Some person…)
  22. Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock (Jenny Nimmo)
  23. Charlie Bone and the Red Knight (” “)
  24. The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (Some person…)
  25. Piper (Meg Harper)
  26. Phoenix Triumphant (Cathryn Mullen – okay, so this isn’t a real book. Bite me)
  27. The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy)
  28. My Name Is Mina (David Almond)
  29. The Splendour Falls (Rosemary Clement-Moore)
  30. Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
  31. Troy (Adele Geras)
  32. The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Orkzy)
  33. Small Gods (Terry Pratchett)
  34. The Last Continent (Terry Pratchett)
  35. Mister Monday (Garth Nix)
  36. Grim Tuesday (” “)
  37. Drowned Wednesday (” “)
  38. Sir Thursday (” “)
  39. Where the streets had a name (Some person…)
  40. The Anarchist’s Angel (Somebody Thompson, I think)
  41. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
  42. Lady Friday (Garth Nix)
  43. Superior Saturday (” “)
  44. Lord Sunday (” “)
  45. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)
  46. Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)

If that doesn’t add up to 150 then I’ve missed one out – please let me know :)

As you can see, I’ve read lots of books and I’ve forgotten a lot of the authors. Sorry. I’ve also been reading a lot of children’s books, but I do have an excuse – I’m writing a kids’ book, therefore I have to read kids’ books to get the style. Don’t they say that before you start writing you should read a hundred books of that type?

Anyway, hope you enjoy my list. I’d be happy to hear suggestions (I’m wearing out the library very fast) and if you know the authors for any of the ones labelled as ‘Some person’ or ‘Somebody Thompson’ then I’d be happy to hear them … I’m just too lazy to add them up myself.

8 thoughts on “150 Books – Half Way!

  1. Hahahaha. Two things immediatly come to mind.


    2. Never apologize for enjoying kids books and YA. Some of the best writers working today are in that field. Also, yay you for reading in your market!

    3. (Okay, yeah I lied) You are totally ahead of me! So far I’ve only read 32 books this year, 19 of which were new books. I gotta step it up. :)

    1. I’m not apologising for reading YA because I AM a Young Adult, but I will apologise for reading children’s books because the librarians give me dodgy looks when I hang out in the kids’ section :/ They probably think I’ll vandalise it.

      I read too much. I go to the library of a Friday and borrow 7 books, and I’ll take them back the next Friday and get another few. If I managed that every week (which I don’t) I’d read 365 books a year … but of course I have good days and bad days and days when I read 4 books (like last Friday) …

  2. …………………….Over the past two years I ve read over 120 books. If you add up partial books I read for specific segments that number would be well over 140. Although reading at least seventy books a year sounds difficult it doesn t require a huge investment of time..Here s how I did it ..Step One Learn to Speed Read.Some people see speed reading as a magical technique to ingest thousands of pages per hour.

  3. Ohh lookie Phoenix Triumphant… But can you really count that when I’m not finished it yet? *griggles* Unless of course you’re talking the horrible NaNo draft… *grin*

    :} Elo / Cathryn Leigh (Mullen)

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