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{four years into reading like rory}

Well, as promised, my fourth year of reading like Rory (2016) was better than my third year.

Although, I wouldn’t say much better.

I started the year by using a random number generator to randomly select six books for my bookworm buddy and I to tackle that year. It selected the following six books…

              1. The Iliad by Homer
              2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
              3. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
              4. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
              5. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
              6. Night by Elie Wiesel

             

What I actually managed to read this year…

{four years into reading like rory} books read

Soooooo…not too much better; but hey, I more than doubled my reads from 2015!

Although, number of pages read would probably be pretty even between the two years.

I didn’t finish all of the ones I set out to read, although at the end of 2016 i had about fifteen pages left in Dave Egger’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.  And for anyone who follows Blissfully Creating’s instagram you know that I just finished The Iliad a couple months ago and I am still feeling pretty good about it.

So, all of those six that I had pledged to read did get read, just not within the allotted time frame. Oooops.

But, come on, I was twenty minutes over on the one and the other was The Iliad guys, The Iliad. It was a lot to tackle; but more on that in a later post.

I’m not sure I have a favorite from this year of reading.

I was new to Stephen King before cracking open Carrie. I really enjoyed it and am now a fan of King’s writing and of the whole thriller, suspense genre. I had always loved watching scary movies; but mostly because they were laughable, so I don’t know why I waited so long to break into this genre in book form.

Out of the two King thrillers I loved The Shining most! I had seen bits and pieces of the movie years and years ago; but basically only remembered that Jack Nicholson played the lead roll. So of course this meant he was all I could picture for the character of “Jack” right from the start. Not ideal; but not terrible. After reading the book I did go and actually watch the movie start to finish. The book is SOOOOO much better! I mean, does that even need to be said? Seriously though, great book! And I think if you watched the movie as being unrelated to the book then the movie is great too. But in comparison to the book, it’s the book all the way.

I actually read Angela’s Ashes shortly after my third baby was born. Had I known the subject matter of the book I probably would not have chosen to do that. It was definitely a difficult read with a newborn in your arms…

Well, that’s my fourth year!

Stay tuned for what has been an epic reading year for this book worm!

My fifth year (2017) of reading like Rory has been my best year yet!

Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

Have you guys read any of these books?! Is anyone else tackling this list?!

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