2015 Reading Challenge – A book a friend recommended


My final book of the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge was S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, which my friend Janine recommended to me months ago. It’s highly unusual, as it is not just a straightforward story: the notes written in the margins are a crucial part of the novel, too. Definitely recommended.

2015 Reading Challenge – A book set in the future


I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi, so left this one pretty late; but when I got around to reading 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke I actually really enjoyed it. There wasn’t too much scientific detail to get bogged down in, and the story was great.

2015 Reading Challenge – A book with antonyms in the title


Antonyms are common enough, right? Yet when I came to this part of the reading challenge, I had a real struggle finding a book featuring them in the title. In the end I chose Poor Caroline by Winifred Holtby, having already read and enjoyed her South Riding.

2015 Reading Challenge – A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit


The Ice Master by Jennifer Niven is a fantastic, incredibly well-researched and gripping account of an Arctic expedition in the early 20th century. I’d love to visit Siberia and the other Arctic locations mentioned in the book – but perhaps not under such circumstances.