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52 Books This Year

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52 Books This Year

I decided last night that it would be a good idea for me to start reading one book per week. I was unaware that such a challenge actually existed – not that I thought it was impossible or that I’m the first one to come up with such an idea – this idea just never came up to me before. So it’s fair to say that I spontaneously invented the idea, yet unknowing that others invented it before me.

I look forward to this expedition, since my experience with reading books is severely minimum. The irony is that I keep collecting books. More so, I always go into bookstores and search out the fiction sections, children’s books and comic strips. Visiting second-hand bookstores are even better, you know – getting the books for much less than a brand new one – and I always, always end up buying at least one book. That said, if I have an interest in books, I need to make more time reading them. They are useless just gathering dust on a bookshelf.

I know that 52 books per year doesn’t come close to making up for all the amazing books out there, but for me, this is a start. It may just turn out that I progress in reading more than 52 books per year over the coming years.

So, to start things off, my first book will be: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I bought this book at a second-hand bookshop for 20 ZAR. What caught my interest was the synopsis of the kid having Aspergers Syndrome – something I also discovered I have only five months ago. Just that alone made me want to read it, and that it’s written for young adults, or teenagers. I’m quite curious to know what type of events will play off and the type of things I’ll be able to relate to, and of course, how it’ll end. When I’m done, I’m going to review this book and give my thoughts about it and my experience with it.

I’ll review every book I’m going to read on this blog. But don’t expect a professional review, as I’m not a critic, nor a professional reader. I’m just in this for the fun of it, and because I really do love stories – whether in the form of movies, comics or literature. It’s time for me to create a balance between movies and books, after all the years of leaning towards movies and little reading. Besides, what good is it if I want to write, but read so little?

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