5 more books to read

6:15 PM


One of my goals in 2021 was to read at least 10 books, and I met that goal back in August and gave you all that book list
I also mentioned at the end of that blog post that I added a "top up" goal to my list : Read 5 more books.

Despite the chaos and stress at the end of this year, I am proud to announce I met that goal. I finished 5 more books, and I am currently reading the 6th Extra book over my challenge. 
This means it's time for me to give you my top up list in case you were looking for something to add to your reading list in 2022. 
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How to stop time - Matt Haig

Matt Haig is one of those authors I am happy to have discovered this year, and this was the 3rd book I read from him after reading the amazing "Midnight Library" and "The Humans". 
In this book the main character is afflicted by a peculiar disorder that causes him to age 1 year every 15 years or so. 
We follow his story in modern time as a seemingly 40-ish years old history teacher who's been born in the 1500's and his quest to find his long lost daughter who like him has been afflicted by the same disorder and likely learned to hide to survive through the centuries. 

I really liked that book a lot, like all the previous Matt Haig books, but if I had to pick one from him as my favourite, it would still be The Midnight Library, it's hard to top that one. 

The Spy - Paolo Coelho

Hubby and I decluttered a lot of stuff in our home in August and that included getting rid of a LOT of old books we knew we would never read again or really miss having around. This lead us to bring a huge bag of them to a second hand bookstore in our area, and as we donated them, I picked up "The Spy" which I remembered I wanted to read years ago. 

The Spy is a largely summarised and probably fictionalised account of Mata Hari's life. The book states it was a letter she wrote in her final days, but it's really just a novel written by Coelho based on historical fact and what would/could have been Mata Hari's story told in her own words if she could have done so. 
No mystery there, she dies at the end, I found it nice to read, but really not one of those books I would want to read again unlike the Alchemist by the same author which I have read a million time. 

And then there were none - Agatha Christie

Hubby has been on an Agatha Christie spree this year and while I read quite a few in the past I realised I NEVER read what is one of her most famous one and often called the most twisted plot. 

I remember reading Agatha's books when I was a teenager in love with everything mysteries, and I remember always being a bit bummed to figure out quite early in the plot who did it. 

This one is no different! I KNEW who did it very early in the plot, I think after death number 2 or 3 (out of 10 murders no less), I even strongly suspected their motive, I just got a bit confused toward the end because there was a slight plot twist that threw me off a bit. That plot twist is probably the only thing that actually made me less "bummed" this time, but I realised quickly I should have paid a lot more attention to the part of the nursery rhyme about the Red Herring. 

If you like mystery novels, you can't go wrong with Agatha Christie, they are all classics, and they are skilfully written and unless you aren't a sharp mystery novel reader like me, you won't figure out too early who did it which will make it all the more enjoyable. 
Leave it to Ms Christie to find a way to kill 10 characters on a secluded island in just a few days stay and make it all credible. 

Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir

If I had to pick one favourite read this year, it would be a tie between this one and The midnight library. I picked this one up in Lucknow when I finished reading Agatha Christie's book in a matter of days and needed something to pass the days (things tend to go slow at my in-laws place). 
Andy Weir is the author of the critically acclaimed "The Martian" and reading the summary on the back cover of this one was enough to get me curious to know more. 

The main character awakes in a spaceship at the beginning of the book with no memories at all, other than the fact he is a scientist. His two crew mates are dead, he doesn't quite know where he is, or why he is there. As the book goes, he recover his memory gradually and realise he is on a crucial mission to save planet Earth stuck in a spaceship light years away from home and all alone to do so. 
Along the way he makes some discoveries with some unlikely help. 

This book is a page turner, it's some hardcore science-fiction with a lot of actual science in it, explained in an easy and humorous way that makes it totally non-boring to any layman. You'll LOVE it if you loved The Martian (of which I saw only the movie and will read the book soon). 

Manuscripts found in Accra - Paolo Coelho

I bought this one years ago, if I remember well in the airport on my way to Lucknow, but I gave up reading it after a few pages and shelved it. 
When we purged the bookshelves last August, I found it and decided I would give it a go this year. 

Out of all the books I read this year, it's my LEAST favourite and I kind of remembered why I didn't read it all the first time when I bought it. 
It's not a bad book, there is a lot of philosophical questions and answers in it, it's just that the way it's written is not my cup of tea and I was glad it was a thin book and quick read. 

I'm still putting it on the list, because just because I didn't like it doesn't make it a bad book. 

Chillpreneur - Denise Duffield-Thomas

This one is the "bonus book" on the list because I am still in the middle of reading it. I read Lucky Bitch and Get Rich Lucky Bitch by the same author earlier this year and loved them both. 

This one is geared toward women entrepreneurs and a more flexible and "chilled" approach to creating a business. So not a book you'd read if you are not an entrepreneur. 

If you are one, especially if you are a woman, it has some nice tips and dispels a few myth, especially the ones about what working hard means. 
As I said I am still in the middle of reading it, and I usually read business books slower than novels so I can't really comment anymore on it. 

I already build a reading list for 2022 and am ready to read more books, I'll do a 10 books challenge again, and see how quick I meet that goal compared to this year and then again add a "top up" goal as I go. 

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