2020 reading challenge – mid-year check in

Well we’re past the half way point of 2020. Congratulations, it’s been quite a year so far.

Like many book lovers I decided to take part in the Goodreads reading challenge. It’s the first year I’ve ever participated with the challenge, I’m slightly ashamed to say that until December, Goodreads wasn’t even on my radar (not sure how I managed to miss it).

I set myself the goal to read 20 books this year. I fully understand that this may seen low for a book blogger and to start off with I was pretty ashamed about it. I’ve seen many bloggers who have 50-70 books as their goal, and then there’s me with a measly 20. However, over the year I’ve began to lessen some of the insecurity of it. At the end of the day I’m dyslexic and have Irlens… I can’t exactly read fast.

Anyway, with us past the mid year mark now is a good time to reflect on how I’d doing reading and if I’m on track.

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Favourite read of June – Doing it by Hannah Witton

Somehow June is almost over despite it feeling like it’s been all of three days since May 31st. I don’t know what is up with time at the moment but sometimes it drags by and other days (most days in my case) zoom past with no regard for speed limits. Either way, the month is coming to a close and I thought now would be a great time to have a good ramble about my favourite read of the month, Doing it by Hannah Witton. It’s a book all about sex… yeah that awkward topic.

Lets get one thing straight, if I’m talking you all about a book that’s main topic is sex, you know it’s a good book because if it wasn’t I’d be saving myself the embarrassment. Not going to lie I’m as easily embarrassed as people get. I don’t care that I’m 21, I’m squeamish and think everything in that department is gross. So, if I of ALL people, am happy and comfortable discussing this book with you, then you know it has to be good. I wouldn’t put myself in this position if I didn’t think this book was incredible and worth a read.

Not going to lie, I never expected to like Doing it, like I said I’m easily embarrassed. However, I believe in supporting the creators I love, what means that if they have a book, I’m going to buy it and give it a read. In this case it turned out to be a fantastic idea as it turned out to be my favourite read of the month.

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Surrounded by idiots – book review

Feel like you’re constantly surrounded by idiots? Want to learn valuable behavioural skills that can help you navigate the world of work? Surrounded by idiots is an easy to understand tool that teaches you how to understand those who cannot be understood.

This 260+ paged, non-fiction read was written by Thomas Erikson, a Swedish behavioural specialist who’s been in the field for almost 20 years. The book explains to the reader the DISC method, created by William Moulton Marston a psychologist who published in his book Emotions of Normal people in 1928. The DISC method simply categorises people into one (most often two) of behavioural groups. These groups can be nicely distinguished by colours, you have your red people, yellow, green and blue. Once you understand these colour groups and the behaviours they show, you can start to understand those who cannot be understood.

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Sleeping giants – book review

Wanting a fresh read with a unique structure and exciting twists and turns? Of course you do! This past week I’ve been reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, it’s a gripping science fiction and thriller read.

The basic outline of the plot (spoiler free!) is that parts of a giant entity have been discovered all around the world after being dormant for thousands of years. This opens up the questions of where did this thing come from? Why was it found separated all over the planet? And most importantly, is the human race ready for what is to come? To start to answer these questions a team is put together by a mysterious character who is the puppet master of the whole operation.

Sleeping giants is written in a structure unlike anything I’ve come across before. The whole book is templated off something that would quite easily resemble a top secret file. Almost all of the book is set out in an interview format between this mystery man and the characters he interacts with. This creates a refreshing and unique reading experience.

World building is kept to an absolute minimum as you learn everything through character dialogue. I can appreciate that those of you who like to read more complex world building may be slightly put off by the idea of this however, I’d really recommend you give this book a chance. You won’t be spoon fed anything and this creates the opportunity for your imagination to run wild.

The book itself is about 320 pages long, so it’s a decent sized read and is book one of the Themis files what is made up of three books. Although it is worth mentioning there are some bonus texts that fit into the series. These aren’t novels, they are more works of flash fiction.

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