Half way through the year that feels like a decade

Well the first half of the year was pretty eventful.</understatement>

I gave myself a challenge this year to try not buy any books and reduce the TBR. That’s been going pretty well, but mainly because I’ve not been to any bookshops or events for the last 4 months!

So far this year I’ve read 79 books, 19 of them entered the house in 2020 (ARCs mainly but I have been naughty and bought a couple of books) as long as I don’t add any books to the TBR I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something this year. So far, so good.

Books I’ve read in the first half that I’d recommend:

Obabakoak by the Basque writer Bernado Atxaga – a mosaic novel and meditation on the nature of story

Horse Destroys the Universe by Cyriak Harris – A fun near future dystopian romp

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams – Coming out very soon now, this is a novel about dictionary making, fake words, 19th Century shenanigans, adventure! Romance! It’s great

Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk OK yeah it’s another writing book – but one I enjoyed immensely

The Price You Pay by Aiden Truhan This is modern, whip-smart, an unusual voice and a lot of fun

The Book of Koli by Mike Carey – The first book in a new series, set in a future world where nature has become inimical to man. I’m not a big fan of series usually but this entertained and set me to wanting the next book.

The Girl From A Thousand Fathoms by Dave Gullen – you can see my review of this here

Eden by Tim Lebbon Another near future book where nature has taken against us but quite different from Koli. A bit of a page turner this one, you’ll feel wrung out after reading, like you’ve been for a long run – with something hot on your heels.

Published by suttope

Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/ He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here: http://info-far-horizons.wix.com/far-horizons-emag

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