I mentioned a while ago that I’d joined the Fifty Fifty Me challenge, to watch 50 new movies and read 50 new books. Here’s the low down on the books I’ve read so far. Most of them are short, but in my defence most are read for research or review , not just for fun. This first batch of 10 contains kids books, craft books and memoir and flash fiction. (Part 2 will follow on Friday).
Books 1,2 & 3 were Big Break Detectives, Death by Chocolate and Six Million Ways to Die, the graphic novels for kids by lovely Irish writer and illustrator Alan Nolan, which I read while researching my interview with Alan for Inis Children’s Books Ireland. (Me and my 11-year-old nephew both liked ‘Six Million’ best). Alan’s latest book in the series has just been released and you can read all about it here: Destination Homicide
Book 4, was also a kids book from O’Brien Press ’Marco Moves In‘, printed for world book day. Sometimes I read kids books just to sample the market, (I’m still labouring under the illusion that I will one day create one of my own.) This is a story of a bear who shows up one rainy night on the doorstep of a lonely boy. Sweet, but wasn’t over awed. It would have been nice to see the illustrations in colour too.
Book 5, Confessions of a Conjurer by Derren Brown, the first novel length book on the list! I really enjoyed this unusual memoir, it made me laugh, it made me think . Its gives some very confessional insights into personal quirks that I think we can all relate too and it occasionally made me frustrated by Brown’s unorthodox use of lengthy footnotes. But that would be just like him, distraction is everything in a conjuring trick.
Book 6, Dave Eggers Short Short Stories. Since I’ve been on a six-week flash-fiction stint on Elephant Words, I decided to read some highly acclaimed short fiction to see how the pro’s do it. This was a very engaging and entertaining collection of x short stories published as part of Penguin’s 70th anniversary. One of the stories in particular took my breath away. You can read it here: What The Water Feels Like To The Fishes
Thus concludes part 1! Join me on Friday for Part 2 featuring ‘Craft Books’…