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Bookworms anonymous

24 Jun

“When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.”

~ Erasmus

I am a voracious reader. Ever since I learnt how, I’ve loved to read.

From the three AFS camps we attended together, the other participants are well aware of the joy books give me. During any free time my head was invariably found in a book.

At our end-of-stay camp one of the girls asked me how many books I had read while in Honduras. I had no idea, but when I got home I decided to look through my Kindle purchase history and work it out.

I was surprised by the final number. I knew I’d read a lot, but my final list of books read (which I’ll copy below) was a lot longer than even I had expected.

Recently* I’ve been going through a fantasy/paranormal/dystopia phase, so most of the books are in those genres.

*Recently? Who am I kidding? I’ve loved books of a fantastical nature ever since I was a girl of eight and I received a book on Greek mythology as a gift.

It may be a little geeky, but I’m fascinated by the world building in these novels and enjoy their escapism.

Without further ado, here’s the list of Books Em read while in Honduras:

  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials * Pullman, Philip
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials * Pullman, Philip
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials * Pullman, Philip
  • Lips Touch: Three Times * Taylor, Laini
  • Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) * Taylor, Laini
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) * Taylor, Laini
  • Once Upon a Beanstalk * Ellison, Kate Avery
  • The Curse Girl * Ellison, Kate Avery
  • Bluewing (The Frost Chronicles) * Ellison, Kate Avery
  • Weavers (The Frost Chronicles) * Ellison, Kate Avery
  • Thorns (The Frost Chronicles) * Ellison, Kate Avery
  • Frost (The Frost Chronicles) * Ellison, Kate Avery
  • The Call (The Great North Woods Pack #2) * Underhill, Shawn
  • Silver-White (The Great North Woods Pack #1) * Underhill, Shawn
  • Start Something That Matters * Mycoskie, Blake
  • Shapeshifted (An Edie Spence Novel) * Alexander, Cassie
  • Moonshifted (An Edie Spence Novel) * Alexander, Cassie
  • Nightshifted (An Edie Spence Novel) * Alexander, Cassie
  • Feudlings (Fate on Fire) * Knight, Wendy
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel * Marion, Isaac
  • Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky) * Rossi, Veronica
  • Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky) * Rossi, Veronica
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares * Cohn, Rachel, Levithan, David
  • The Lover’s Dictionary: A Novel * Levithan, David
  • Dead Ever After (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) * Harris, Charlaine
  • Deadlocked (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel) * Harris, Charlaine
  • Hidden (House of Night Novels) * Cast, P. C., Cast, Kristin
  • Mi Ultima Cita A Ciegas (Spanish Edition) * Hatler, Susan
  • Born to Fight (The Born Trilogy) * Brown, Tara
  • Born (The Born Trilogy) * Brown, Tara
  • I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Last Days of Lorien *Lore, Pittacus
  • I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam * Lore, Pittacus
  • How They Met and Other Stories * Levithan, David May
  • The Bitch in the House * Hanauer, Cathi
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five) * Martin, George R.R.
  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four) * Martin, George R.R.
  • A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three) * Martin, George R.R.
  • A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two) * Martin, George R.R.
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One) * Martin, George R.R.
  • Sapphire Blue (The Ruby Red Trilogy) * Gier, Kerstin
  • Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy) * Gier, Kerstin
  • Tidal (A Watersong Novel) * Hocking, Amanda
  • Lullaby (A Watersong Novel) * Hocking, Amanda
  • Wake (A Watersong Novel) * Hocking, Amanda
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! *Canfield, Jack, Hansen, Mark Victor, Quasha, Jennifer
  • Of Triton * Banks, Anna
  • Of Poseidon * Banks, Anna
  • Fell * Clement-Davies, David
  • The Sight * Clement-Davies, David
  • The Dog Stars * Heller, Peter
  • The International Bank of Bob * Harris, Bob
  • Why We Broke Up * Handler, Daniel
  • The Snow Child: A Novel * Ivey, Eowyn
  • Smoke and Mirrors * Gaiman, Neil
  • Stardust * Gaiman, Neil
  • American Gods * Gaiman, Neil
  • The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2013 * Sehlinger, Bob, Testa, Len
  • Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures) * Garcia, Kami, Stohl, Margaret
  • Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures) * Garcia, Kami, Stohl, Margaret
  • Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures) * Garcia, Kami, Stohl, Margaret
  • Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures) * Garcia, Kami, Stohl, Margaret
  • Reached (Matched) * Condie, Ally

* * * * *

I also need to add 11 Mills and Boon romance novels to the list, but I’m sparing myself the embarrassment of listing their individual titles.

So that’s 73 books in total. In four and a half months. An average of 4.1 per week.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’ve done nothing but read the whole time I was here. But believe it or not I have actually put my books aside every now and then.

Honest!

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Recommended reading

16 Sep

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss

As soon as I found out my application had been allocated to Honduras I started googling madly and looking for Honduras-related reading materials. I was particularly interested in first-hand accounts of living and traveling in Honduras.

I came across several blogs, books, and magazine articles that gave me quite a good insight into what my Honduran experience might be like.

If you’re interested, you can check out my reading list page for details of the books and blogs I particularly enjoyed or recommend.

I’ll update the list as I discover more.