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30 books in 2016

March 3, 2016

Hello Everyone,

I figured it might be a good time to take a look at one of my goals for this year. Way back in January I decided to make a list of goals for the new year, I know you are shocked at my super original idea. One of the goals I set was 30 books read this year. Now when I set that number down I figured it would be an easy number to knock out. Little did I know that my interest would drop so suddenly thanks to a big tidal wave of apathy, so here we are already in March and I have finished exactly 1 book. To be honest that book was a carry over from last year, but I am so totally counting it because it’s my goal and I want (need) at least a little win.

So aside from my lack of progress on the goal I figured it might be nice to run down a list of books that might be of interest to you all. Again, note the personal apathy for why I am not jumping on the bandwagon here (at least yet.) I do recommend the following books because I think they are worth the read.

First up anything by Michael Connelly. I started with the Lincoln Lawyer (yes the movie with Matthew Mcconaughey) and have gotten hooked on the writing. The main focus of Connolly is the Harry Bosch novels (which also are now a two season television show available to Amazon Prime customers. I have not watched it yet so go figure.) I recommend starting with the first Harry Bosch novel, Black Echo or The Lincoln Lawyer (different lead character and a different style/ perspective.)

For those in the more into absurdist type stories, I have to recommend Christopher Moore, full disclosure this is my favorite author. I have yet to read a book of his that didn’t make me laugh out loud and end with a smile on my face. Be warned it is a crazy and kooky kind of universe that Moore has created, but it is worth it to jump in. Starting from the beginning isn’t needed but some of his characters do show up in the other novels. Try out either,  Practical Demonkeeping or The Lust Lizard of Melencholy Cove. You should be able to tell fairly quickly into either of those books if it’s up your alley.

If fantasy is more your style you can’t go wrong with Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. Yes I realize that Game of Thrones is a television series, this may shock you, but I have actually never seen it. I ended up picking up the novels awhile ago and while I stumbled and got stuck around book four it is definitely worth the effort.  When it comes to Lord of the Rings, full disclosure this is by far my favorite book/series of all time. I admit it isn’t for everyone and it can be a lot to get started, but it is so very much worth it.

Romance wise, and I will freely admit this is not my area. I can recommend one two-part book to you. Pas De Deux this novel was written by a former coworker, interest of full disclosure. I did manage to get through a chunk of this before apathy and depression sucked life out of me (not a reflection of the actual content, it’s great and the story is sweet without being sappy) and I definitely think you should check it out.

Crime novel type stories, anything by Patricia Highsmith. Yes it can be a little complicated to jump right in, but I would say worth it. One of her books, The Price of Salt was turned into the 2015 movie, Carol.

Lastly, if you are looking for some historical fiction, check out the Red Tent, the story goes beyond religious text and provides a tale that sucks you from beginning to end.

So there you have it a list of books for you to try out, I hope you are able to find something of interest. If you end up trying any of these stories out please let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you.

Of course if you have any suggestions of books you think I or anyone else just has to read feel free to leave it in the comments.

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