I joined the 75 book challenge at LibraryThing and made it to my goal by mid-October. About half were my “own tomes,” that is books I have owned for some time. Most of those ended up on the give away pile to open some shelf space for more books. The suspense mentioned in the post title is whether or not I can get to 100 by December 31. I am currently at 93 so, with lots of free time over the long holiday break, it is possible: I am in the midst of three books right now: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, the audio version of Angela’s Ashes, and Angela Thirkell’s High Rising. That leaves me just four to go, and I have a list started:
- Last Bus to Wisdom, Ivan Doig’s last book before his death earlier this year
- Armada by Ernest Cline (I LOVED Ready Player One and this promises the same thrilling narrative)
- Either Brooklyn or Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, the book club selection for a book group I’ll join during a visit to a friend in early January
- Shadow Scale, Rachel Hartman’s sequel to Seraphina, which I read earlier this year
- Library of Souls, the third book in Ransom Riggs’ series of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
None of these are lengthy and all promise to be good reads. To be honest, I probably won’t finish Thomas Hardy. It’s been languishing for awhile and it isn’t necessarily figured into the total.
Or…I could just keep reading Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series. I had The Charlemagne Pursuit on my shelf for a long while and it is one of those historical thrillers that I just couldn’t put down. I’ve now moved pretty quickly through The Templar Legacy and The Alexandria Link. But, I think these may the kinds of books that could quickly get old so I think I’ll work on the list above and tuck in another Berry now and then through 2016.