Well I've had over a week now to think about all the books I've read during my (insane?) challenge.
I'm not sure what conclusions that I have come to, and my thoughts on the whole WBN project are muddled - I think Sam, and the people who have commented on his blog post sum it up best so head over there for thoughts on that.
My thoughts on my challenge are clearer. I can't say I've loved every moment of the time I've spent reading, I've been repeatedly challenged, disappointed and amazed. My horizons are far wider now than they were back in December, and to my amazement (and family disgust) I've discovered that there is some poetry out there that I like.
I always thought I was a broadminded reader but in forcing myself to read so many varied books I've discovered that while I am broadminded about subject matter when it comes to genre I am a bit of a snob. I do read widely but in a limited manner!
The 25 books chosen were all varied, I think on reflection I am a little disappointed that more fantasy and science fiction didn't make the list but there were a nice mixture of fiction/non fiction and popular/literary titles.
- Half of a Yellow Sun
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist
- A Life Like Other People's
- All Quiet on the Western Front
- Stuart: A Life Backwards
- The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
- Agent Zigzag
- Rachel's Holiday
- The World's Wife
- Case Histories
- Life of Pi
- Cloud Atlas
- A Fine Balance
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
- Northern Lights
- One Day
- Seamus Heaney's Selected Poems
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
- Love in the Time of Cholera
- The Blind Assassin
- The Killing Floor
It has already been announced that there will be a World Book Night in 2012 and if there is a list of books again I will plan on reading them all - in the mean time all of the books I've been neglecting for the past 3 months are calling, plus the write up of my holiday reading.