At the beginning of the year I decided to do for the first time that of the “New Year’s resolutions”. I have to admit that I did it completely on my way since I only thought of one resolution, and more than resolution I would say it’s a challenge.
This year, at the beginning of January, I decided to read one book per month. I thought that because of my Erasmus I was not going to have neither the time nor the money to buy and read books, so I set myself this challenge so as not to leave aside one of my favourite hobbies, which is reading. But to my surprise, in just 3 months had already read 6 books. Why don’t I change the challenge? Why don’t I read 2 books a month? 24 books in a year are quite a few books, so I will be sharing them here in groups of 6 in case anyone has doubts about what to read.
1. The Vampire Lestat
It is the second novel in the series “Vampire Chronicles” written by Anne Rice, one of the most important examples of modern vampire novels.
It basically tells the story of Lestat, from before the story told in the first book and until a bit later.
2. The Queen of the Damned
It is the third novel in the series “Vampire Chronicles” written by Anne Rice, one of the most important examples of modern vampire novels.
I must confess that it took me years to read Anne Rice’s work and now I regret not having read it before, because when I went to look for the next novels in the series I discovered that they are out of print.
3. Strangers on a Train
This novel is a psychological thriller written by Patricia Highsmith, which tells the story of two men whose lives are intertwined after one’s proposal to commit a cross-murder.
I confess that, despite it being so short, it took me much more time to read it than I had thought. Apparently I’m too accustomed to gothic and classic literature and when I leave the genre everything becomes too weird. In spite of everything, the last chapters completely hooked me and I read them from the pull.
For anyone interested, I have to tell you that Hitchcock has a movie based on this book.
4. A collection of Lovecraft’s Short Tales
Lovecraft is one of the greatest exponents the of horror and science fiction literature (and he is able to mix both genres to perfection)
For me Lovecraft is my bedside writer; I dare say that it is my greatest influence when writing and creating; he is to whom I go to every time I’ve had a bad day, every time I am exhausted or stressed.
Every week I read at least one of his stories, though this time I read one after another without stopping.
Of those I have read on this occasion I would like to highlight “The Lurking Fear” and “Under the Pyramids”. Tell me what you think if you read them.
As I suppose you all know, Dracula is the masterpiece of Bram Stocker, his most famous novel. Yes, I had read this book before, but I had done it in Spanish and in digital format.
Now I finally have my own original tome!
If you want to read a little more about this book you can find my review here.
6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
I imagine that everyone will know, even if it is by hearing or because of the film adaptations, the detective stories created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this case I read his collection of twelve stories.
- A Scandal in Bohemia
- The Red-Headed League
- A Case of Identity
- The Boscombe Valley Mystery
- The Five Orange Pips
- The Man with the Twisted Lip
- The Blue Carbuncle
- The Speckled Band
- The Engineer’s Thumb
- The Noble Bachelor
- The Beryl Coronet
- The Copper Beeches
I enjoyed reading them a lot, because at beginning you are completely lost and you are not able to understand how Sherlock can reach such fantastic conclusions, but then when you understand his way of proceeding you can predict what will happen and it is a great feeling
“Look Sherlock, I can do it too! “
These are the next six books I’ve read this year, you can find the first ones here, and the second six here If everything goes good in three months I’d be able to share six more. If you have read any of them I would love to know your opinion and if you have any recommendations for me I would be more than happy to read them.