Having now read 50 books this year, I am ahead of the jump having only reached 50 at the end of June last year.
I have also managed to read more non fiction books this year so far of which I am quite proud.
Particularly this year I seem to have enjoyed more of the books I have read at this point than I did last year but I don't know whether I can attribute this to more judicious choices or sheer luck. People often ask me what I would recommend reading, so here are this years highlights.
1)The Children's Book by AS Byatt - a look at history through its impact on a family and their friends
2)Under The Skin by Michel Faber - A woman preys upon hitchhikers. But why?
3)Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - a childs reaction to 9/11
4)The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - a beautiful story of magic and love
5)Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry - a journey of a group of cowboys across America
6)Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - a zombie romance
7)Boy A by Jonathan Trigell - an examination of what it is like to live with a criminal past
8)The End Specialist by Drew Magary - A cure for the aging process is found & has consequences
9)Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel - the sequel to Wolf Hall
10)The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng - a boy's journey through pre-war and wartime Malaysia
Of the others the ones I would warn people off would be The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, All The Myriad Ways and The Neurotourist.
Here's to being ahead of schedule, the next 50, and making it to 100 books this year!