Posts Tagged ‘Literature’


It’s 1st July, and My June Reading Challenge 2015 officially ended yesterday!

I have to say that I didn’t complete it! These were my aims and the progress I made:

  1. Finish reading at least 2 partly-read books – Unsuccessful
  2. Read at least 2 unread books (and finish them!) – 2 done!
  3. Re-read at least 1 book which I haven’t already read this year – in the middle of 1!

At least, I’m 2 books down from the unread book pile! I’m just going to carry on the books I need to get finished!

I found this list of 25 Most-Hated Books on Book Riot while looking at blogs and things the other day, and thought it was interesting!

Do I agree with the list? Let’s see!

  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (102 votes) – I liked it!
  2. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (90) – Didn’t think it was THAT bad!
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (90) – Possibly agree, was pretty dire!
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (53) – Not read it
  5. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (41) – Not read it
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (41) – Was confusing and frustrating at times, possibly agree
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (35) – Not read it
  8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (33) – Not read it
  9. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (31) – Not read it
  10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (30) – Not read it
  11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (28) – Not read it
  12. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (26) – I liked it!
  13. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (26) – Takes ages to read but I don’t hate it!
  14. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (25) – Not read it
  15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (24) – Liked it, my favourite Austen!
  16. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (23) – Liked it, but didn’t love it.
  17. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (21) – Not read it
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (18) – Not read it
  19. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (17) – Not read it
  20. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (14) – Not read it
  21. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (14) – Not read it
  22. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (14) – Thought it was OK!
  23. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (14) – Not read it
  24. The Pearl by John Steinbeck (14) – Not read it
  25. Ulysses by James Joyce (14) – Not read it

What do you think of this list?

It occurred to me how crazy it would be know just how many books you have read in your life so far. I read all the time as a child, not so much as a teenager, loads in my adult life, and quite a few during my school and university education, both set texts and supporting texts from my research. I know I own roughly about 222 books currently, having got rid of and bought various amounts over the years. I keep a record of the books I read each year on this blog and on Goodreads and there’s quite a lot on there.

It’s impossible to keep an accurate record but I must be into the 1000’s by now surely!