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.
Down Came a Blackbird by Nicholas Wilde is a book I sought out because I saw a television adaptation. It’s an enjoyable haunted-house read.
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd was a strange read, creepy and atmospheric, and not at all what I had expected.
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.
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.
The Terror by Dan Simmons is based on the true story of the Franklin expedition. I loved it – so detailed and completely gripping.
In all honesty, I didn’t find Ghost Story by Peter Straub as frightening as I’d been led to believe it was, but it was a gripping tale.
From Here To Eternity by James Jones is set in the run up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It was later made into a movie, which I haven’t seen, and a musical, which I have.
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.
The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman is a novel set in Sunderland during the cholera outbreak in the mid-nineteenth century. It’s a compelling tale, and a novelty to find a book set in my home city.