A bit of an update on my Day Zero Project list. I'm afraid that I've been slacking a bit lately. It was an ambitious list, and although when I started it back in November 2012 it seemed as though I had all the time in the world, I've suddenly realised that I only have until August this year to complete everything! I'm not sure how likely that is going to be, so I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't tick everything off, but instead reflect on how much I've enjoyed taking part in it!
The challenge to Read 20 Books Recommended by Others was one of the first that I started, knowing that it was a long term one. I asked for book recommendations across various social media channels, and ended up with a long list. I started reading ones that were easy to get hold of, and tracked down other ones that I liked the look of. I'll be honest that I did pick and choose the books, but I still read plenty that I wouldn't have otherwise. I've included in the list books that I was sent to review, in particular as part of the BritMums book club, as I felt that this falls into the scope of the challenge and I only have so much time in the day available to read.
I found some fantastic new books, and there was only one that I didn't get on with and couldn't finish. I also didn't get through the entire list of suggestions, so I have more waiting when I'm looking for inspiration to read!
So here are the books that I read:
1 - Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde (Anna).
2 - Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Joanne).
3 - The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson (Lucy)
4 - The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (Cat)
5 - How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran (Joanne)
6 - Room - Emma Donoghue (Sarah)
7 - The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern (Merry)
8 - The Help - Kathryn Stockett (Sarah)
9 - Me Before You - Jojo Moyes (Kate)
10 - A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (Cherry)
11 - The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd (Sarah)
12 - The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks (Aly)
13 - The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka (BritMums)
14 - The Passage - Justin Cronin (Alistair). This was the one that I couldn't finish unfortunately, although I gave it a very good go. It had an interesting plot but I just found it too long.
15 - My Animals and Other Family - Clare Balding (BritMums)
16 - Quiet - Susan Cain (BritMums)
17 - Above All Things - Tanis Rideout (BritMums)
18 - The Judas Scar - Amanda Jennings (BritMums)
19 - Peaches for Monsieur le Cure - Joanne Harris (Mum)
20 - Travelling to Infinity - Jane Hawking (review copy from publisher)
Do you set yourself reading challenges? I'm finding that I have more time for reading now that the children are older and so I'm wondering if I should come up with something new to challenge myself with.