sikander7 (sikander7) wrote in 50bookchallenge,


I managed a few more books this week and number 31 for the year to date was Invisible City by M.G. Harris and it was a pretty good boys' adventure story. I found it intriguing as part of the Joshua Files, which may be a series, and I particularly liked the Anglo-Mexican setting, including an unremarked on bilingual boy.
Then I read a book that I remembered from my childhood. I think I read it when I was about 11 or 12, though I don't know if I owned it or borrowed it. Still, it was good to reread The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. It is a classic of children's literature, and though dated and aimed at girls, it nonetheless told a good and well constructed story.
Book 33 was The Crossing by Mandy Hager in which a dystopian post-apocalyptic world has a religious group, explicitly drawing on Christianity, to exploit, abuse, enslave and murder chosen girls. It reminded me of Juno of Tardis which I read a few weeks ago, but intriguingly there was no clear happy ending. Perhaps there is a sequel...
Book 34 was Ishq and Mushq by Priya Basil started in India, moved to Nairobi in Kenya, then Kampala in Uganda and then settled in London. The unlikeable mother was manipulative and caused problems for her family at every stage. It was interesting that the family were Sikh, and a few days before hand I'd watched Bend it like Beckham which also dealt with a Sikh family in Britain and in which the father had left Kenya. I find myself enjoying the 'exotic' of the familiar British life seen through the eyes of a different social group.
Book 35 was Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien, which was frustrating to think about: there were issues worth talking about with students.
Book 36 was A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Aspects of the story are themes in Harry Potter, but it was set in a girl's school, in late Victorian or Edwardian England. Still the theme of magic and escape was important. A good read.
So 36 books, and 9967 pages turned over so far. That is an average of 276.9 pages a book. I kind of aim for 300 page books but the teen fiction tends to be short.

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