Halfway There: 50 Books Read on my 100 Books GoodReads Challenge

At the end of last year, my prospects were slim. I hadn't yet done any research to go back to school here in The Netherlands, and I was receiving more than my fair share of rejection letters, I decided to sign up for the GoodReads Reading Challenge. I figured, if I was going to have all this free time on my hands, and limited funds, I might as well do something valuable with my time. In the GoodReads Challenge you are allowed to pick the number of books you want to read. Since I had all this time on my hands, and I am a freaky fast reader. Seriously, I am not even trying to gloat, everyone has some weird special talent and mine is reading faster than the speed of light.

Well, I finally did it, I made it halfway through the challenge. Officially, that makes me 4 books behind.Not exactly the position that you want to be in when you are about to go into what could be the busiest time in your entire life for the last 4 months of the year. But, I will catch up. I listed some of the best books I read when I was 1/3 of a way through the challenge, so here are the good one's I read from 34 to 50.

  • 1Q84 by Haruiki Murakami: This is probably the strangest book I have ever read. It should be said that I never read Science Fiction so maybe it isn't that weird for the genre. Some part of this book really turned me off, like the obsession with describing all the female character's breasts. But the story itself is interesting and beautifully written.
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman: I knew almost nothing about Hasidic Jews except for what I learned by watching I Love New York. This book really opened my eyes to the fact of how generally lucky I feel to have been brought up in an extremely secular household. 
  • The Surgeon and The Apprentice both by Tess Gerritsen: I really like Rizzoli and Isles, the detective show based on these books. Normally, if I see the show or movie first,I don't bother with the books, because I get bored if I already know the story. In this case however, I enjoyed learning more about the strong female characters.
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: Interesting take on Zombies, I also read the follow up, but that one is just the same story retold. 
  • The Naming by Alison Croggon: I love love love well written epic fantasy. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: The story of one little German village during WW2, as told by the Grim Reaper. It is an interesting concept with great execution. 

You can keep up with everything I have read so far this year here. What is the best thing you have read this year? 



I tried to read 1Q84 but I guess my mood just wasn't right for it. Need to try again. My favorite book by Murakami was Kafka on the Shore, definitely.

Have you already chosen all 100 books you will read? Or you are just trying to read any 100 books? If you haven't already chosen, I highly recommend A Discovery of Witches. The sequel (it's a trilogy) just came out on July 10th. It's called Shadow of Night. I'm on Chapter 6 and don't feel nearly as enthralled with it as I did with the first book. But it could be because of all the crazy stuff in my life right now, to be fair. I also just read a really good one called Night Road by Kristin Hannah. It's a tear jerker. I literally sobbed through the last like 100 pages, staying until 3 AM. I woke up the next morning with an intense headache from crying myself into dehydration! Not sure if dehydration books are your thing or not! :)