The 52 Week Book Challenge

One of my objectives this year is to read more books. This idea was born out of the fact that I have atleast ten books on the go that I haven’t seemed to have gotten round to reading, ever – and that I simply need something constructive to do with my time these days. I really enjoy to read but I somehow lost my passion for it other past two years. Maybe it was drowning in text books during my degree or my uncanny ability to sit and stare off into space and simply do nothing at all with my days that stopped me but I haven’t properly read a book from cover to cover in months.

This year is the year of achievement and thus this challenge was born. I want to actually do something this year that really betters me as a person and even helps me to a deal with things in my personal life. Maybe I’ll read a book that changes my thinking (it’s happened before) or even read a book that makes me weep like a small child (this hasn’t happened since the Time Traveller’s Wife. Oh lawd).

The list of books I have chosen are a combination of books I had downloaded for free from the iBooks store, paid for copies I’d picked up in bookstores over the years and never read and a couple of ‘must-reads’ I’d found on lists on websites such as Buzzfeed. I also have a mix of media text books in there as well, because I love a good text book – not gonna lie.

The list is as follows:

1) Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
2) Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
3) Percy Jackson and the Sea of Minsters by Rick Riordan
4) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
5) Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
6) The Complete Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
7) The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
8) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
9) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
10) Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
11) The Hanging Shed by Gordan Ferris
12) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
13) Mad Men, Bad Girls by Maggie Groff
14) Please Don’t Stop The Music by Jane Lovering
15) The Alchemists Secret by Scott Mariani
16) Twin Beds: Christmas at Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach
17) The Kissing Booth by Beth Reeckles
18) The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
19) The Rock Star’s Daughter by Caitlyn Duffy
20) You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlene
21) Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
22) Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijill
23) Keeper of The Light by Diane Chamberlain
24) James Potter and the Hall of Elder’s Crossing by Norman G Lippert
25) Paradise Lost by John Milton
26) Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
27) Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
28) The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
29) True Blood Omnibus (Books 1-3) by Charlaine Harris
30) The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook: The Ultimate Guide to Digital Film Making by Chris Jones
31) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
32) The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
33) The Chronicles of Narnia (Books 1-7) by C.S Lewis
34) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
35) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
36) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
37) Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegurt
38) Why We Broke Up By Daniel Handler
39) The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling
40) Under The Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
41) Horns by Joe Hill
42) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
43) The Giver by Lois Lowry
44) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
45) Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
46) White Oleander by Janet Fitch
47) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
48) Invisibile Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
49) The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
50) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
51) Making Short Films: The Complete Guide From Script to Screen by Clifford Thurlow
52) Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video by David W. Irving

I’m thinking of doing accompanying vlogs as well as a written review of each book on my blog and on my goodreads account which leads me to a couple of rules I am enforcing on myself. I have the right to withdraw from reading a book if it really is boring me to tears as there are a couple of books in there that I know are going to be tough reads for me, either too long to achieve in a week or so awful I can’t read another page. Hopefully none of these books will lead me to abandon them, I am always up for a challenge and will always try to finish reading something – I’ve got a schedule to keep after all! I’m also going to make sure that I research each book I read and try to write up a written review as an absolute minimum requirement.

I’ve carefully constructed this list to make sure that the book I don’t own yet are nearer the bottom when I have a little more money. I’m looking forward to the massive bookhaul that will be coming with the postman!

Well chin chin, here’s to a year of reading love.

You can see the full list on my goodreads account at this link.