Bellatrix Le Strange (god_of_biscuits) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Bellatrix Le Strange

Books 1-25

My first 25 books of 2014! Thankfully I’ve had much more time to read this year, half way through the challenge already :D
It’s a little long winded so I’ll cut
1. Fables Vol. 20. I can’t believe the “Fables” line is coming to an end! D: I almost don’t want to read on…I am dying to see how it all ends though, I have really enjoyed it from start to finish.
2. “Traitor’s Blood” by Reginald Hill. I picked this book up at a charity book stall for a couple of pence and absolutely got my money’s worth. It reminded me a little of a modern “39 Steps”, but mostly I really love some of the main characters dialogue. It was an engaging and sometimes very funny read.
3. “Burn the Fat, feed the muscle” by Tom Venuto. I won’t bore you with the details but as a new year’s resolution I started this exercise routine and followed the nutrition guidelines and it has worked better for me than any fitness/ nutrition I have previously tried. I’ve lost nearly a stone and at least 7% body fat (my ultimate goal). I highly recommend this if you are open to resistance training and a bit of hard work 
4. “The Corinthian” by Georgette Heyer. This book was a pure cheesy, romping period romantic comedy…I am absolutely in love with it! While “bodice rippers” or romantic comedy aren’t necessarily my thing this book is not typical of anything else I have had the misfortune to read. It’s genuinely funny and the dialogue is so perfectly witty and genuinely funny that I reread quite a few parts because I enjoyed them so much. Lol
5. “Stargate SG-1: Survival of the fittest” by Sabine Bauer. As a massive Stargate: SG-1 fan I found this book hard to get through. The story was needless convoluted and parts were downright boring. I was disappointed because I’ve really enjoyed some of the other S. Bauer Stargate novels.
6. “Kick Ass 2” by Mark Millar. I wanted to read this before seeing the movie and my fears that “Kick Ass” was a one trick pony are unfortunately justified. It seems that the point of this sequel is to be shocking rather than entertaining or well written. I found it pointless and kind of boring and I wanted to enjoy it so much…
7. “The Emperor of Ice-cream” by Brian Moore. Really enjoyed this, as a Belfast resident I never come across any literature based in Northern Ireland during WW2. The story and characters were spot on but then again I feel I’m probably a bit biased in my liking it 
8. “Don’t Panic!” by Neil Gaiman. A great (if Brief) biography about Douglas Adams and the creation of “Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy”. Worth a read if you’re a fan or Adams, or Gaiman…or both!
9.”The minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes. This book is definatley worth the read and is very interesting, however, you will find yourself having huge questions about how multiple personalities come into the crimes of Billy Miligan. I’m sceptical about certain parts of the account given, but still found it an engaging read.
10-19 “Marvel: The House of M Saga” . A re-read, still as enjoyable as I remember, though these huge Marvel story title crossovers are a bit annoying sometimes.
20. “Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Michael Moss. A fantastic book about the evolution of the food industry and it’s marketing in the last 50-60 years. I think what I liked most about Moss’s account is that it is completely objective. I confess I had thought it would demonise the big food companys like Nestle, coke and pepsi. It provides the facts and the effects in a very interesting and comprehensive way. I must say, I am very glad I read this in the New Year, it made my attempts at healthy eating resolutions a lot less of a struggle!
21. “The Girl with all the gifts” by M. R Carey. I knew nothing about this book when I started reading it except for the fact that it had something to do with a “Zombie Virus” storyline. With the exception of the brilliant Max Brooks books I have never found a zombie-centric book that I really enjoyed. Until now. It’s great, I won’t go into details but I was surprised (and entertained) at the direction the story goes in.
22. “A tale for the time being” by Ruth Ozeki. I had thought reading a book with the crossing perspectives of 2 different people at the same time could be messy and boring. Thankfully I was completely wrong, I was equally enthralled by each of the 2 main story lines. While this book deals with some heavy stuff (Suicide, bullying, illness) it is dealt with in such a real and engrossing way that I felt I was part of the story and the ultimate satisfaction of the ending. I read this as part of a group and some people weren’t too hot on how it is all concluded. I loved it :D
23.”Divergent” by Veronica Roth. A very enjoyable, very fast read. If I have one criticism it is that the ending is incredibly rushed and in some places (I thought) not very believable. “You find a dystopian fantasy story unbelievable??” I hear you say…I refer to the motivations and interactions of the characters. I will reserve full judgement after I read the next 2 books, which I am looking forward to.
24.”Where’d you go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple. I think in terms of pure enjoyment this is my favourite book of the year  I couldn’t put this down, then again I’m a big fan of Epistolary writing. Nearly all of the book is in the form of Letters/ emails/faxes after the fact and from various perspectives. This is a really funny but genuinely touching read. Highly recommended.
25. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. A re-read for my book group. I was a little worried about re-reading what I had always remembered as one of my favourite books. Thankfully still as brilliant as I remember 


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