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.

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Pete W Sutton is a writer and editor. His two short story collections – A Tiding of Magpies and The Museum for Forgetting – were shortlisted for Best Collection in the British Fantasy Awards in 2017 & 2022 respectively. His novel – Seven Deadly Swords – was published by Grimbold Books. He has edited several short story anthologies and is the editor for the British Fantasy Society Horizons fiction magazine.

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