Last year I think I read between 25 and 30 books but only wrote up a review (either here or on Goodreads) for a handful of them. This year I have set myself the challenge of reading (at least) one book a week for the entire year.
To avoid my personal challenge being just a numbers game I’m vowing to write up at least a couple of hundred words for every single book I read this year. I read very differently when I know I have to write about it afterwards; it forces me to really think things through and reflect on what I have just experienced and not just move on to the next book, which I am sometimes guilty of doing.
White Tiger was (review below) the second book in my 52 books in 2014 challenge, the first was Bo Burnham's Egghead. Week 3’s book is AC Grayling’s Liberty in the Age of Terror, which I finished reading today. I’ll post a review either Wednesday or Thursday.
Next up is Erik Tunstad’s Juks, a Norwegian book about scientific fraud. I’m also very privileged and lucky to be reading a pre-publication copy of Greta Christina’s Coming Out Atheist . I’ll be reviewing the book as one of the Contributing Editors for the new Rationalist Magazine being set up by Sanal Edamaruku - but that’s for a separate post.
Coming Out Atheist will be released in April and my review will be in issue two of the magazine, out sometime early May. I've not decided what the book for Week 5 might be; Genes, Cells and Brains by Steven and Mary Rose has been on my reading pile for a while so it might be that.
The plan is to post a list of the 52 books at the end of the year and try to arrange them into some sort of Top 10. Incidentally, my favourite fiction book of last year was Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy (book three was released in September, so it counts); there was no real runaway winner for non-fiction so I’ll have to have more of a think about.