80 Books Down

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Sunday, November 13, 2011

I’m giving myself a pat on the back for this one. I’ve read more books this year than I had in the past years and I think the 100 Books Challenge that I signed up for at the start of the year turned out to be a good impulse decision. Admittedly, I’m four books behind as indicated by the meter on the GoodReads site but I’m planning to catch up with my reading soon.

Since I last wrote an update about this challenge, I’ve been busy getting hooked on a number of book series and works by particular authors. I’d like to mention some of them here.

goodreads-39cluesThe 39 Clues series is a collaboration of a number of authors and although their target was the teen group of readers, the plot was so elaborate and complex. I’m surprised they haven’t turned this into a movie yet. I loved the series because the characters are well thought of and written. The story takes you into a treasure trail that teaches you about famous people and places that makes you just want to read on and on. The first set alone consists of 11 books and now I’m happy that a second set of books are currently being made. The first book is already out and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait for the next ones.

goodreads-everlostNeal Schusterman is one of the authors that I discovered this year. For me he’s a creative genius when it comes to the horror genre for young minds. I loved his collection of short stories. They were very original and creepy. Perhaps I made a mistake of reading them before going to sleep but I think they’re really brilliant. Of course, Neal Schusterman is really famous for his Skinjacker series. This one has a take on the afterlife in a really different sense and again, I’m just blown away about how original it is.

I loved the movie I am Number Four but I was a bit underwhelmed by the book. Since I’ve already seen the movie, reading the second book made identify faces with the characters. The Power of Six (the second book in the Lorien Legacies series) shows just how badass Six is. I wish that the entire series had her as the main character instead of Four, he seems so puny when he’s joining her in battle. The story was well-written and hopefully will also be made into a movie. I can’t wait for the remaining Loriens to re-unite for the final battle.

goodreads-challenge-pendergast-002The series I’m currently hooked on is the one by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The Pendergast series of books is one that I discovered by accident. The first two books reminded me so much of Fringe, another TV series I’m also addicted to. I like that everything is described in detail and there’s no doubt that everything is thoroughly researched. There’s just a few characters written into the series and it’s easy just to get used to reading about them in each of the novels. The authors also have no qualms in writing about how characters die in their stories, told in first-person mode.

So it’s about twenty or so books to go and I don’t know which ones I have lined up yet. I’m positive I can really finish this challenge. Wish me luck!

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