The Final Chapter – #50books2013

It is the day before New Years Eve, if I haven’t read it now, I am not likely to- so here is my final update on my challenge to read 50 books this year.

I will start with this months reading-

It’s Not Rocket Science by Ben Miller.

I am a bit of a geek on the sly, and love a non-fiction science book, and this one was great. I am not brainy enough to understand things unless they are written in layman’s terms, and this does that very well, as well as teaching you a bit of the proper terminology too. Loved it, and learnt something while being entertained.

John Ronson – Out of The Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness

This was a freebie in my Mumsnet Blogfest goodie bag, but had I paid the asking price it would have been money well spent. A collection of his previously published writings, I thoroughly enjoyed it. But then I love him a bit. A great study of all manner of lunacy.

Um. And that is it. Terrible to have done so badly in my last few weeks of the challenge, but it has been busy, the nights have been dark, and it is hard to read by fairy lights. I have been a sofa sloth instead. Tut tut.

So my grand total of books consumed in 2013 was 41. I didn’t quite make 50, but I wasn’t that far off either. My book of the year award goes to The Age of Miracles by Karen Thomspon Walker, a truly magnificent read. Will I try the challenge again next year? You betcha, it is nice to have a record of what I read and enjoyed this year, and also because I am old and forgetful, it will help me not buy a book I have already read!

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. Emma T
    December 30, 2013 / 9:58 am

    I buy duplicate books too, but usually books that are already in my to read pile! I’m definitely doing the challenge again – I did reach 50 but had a couple of slow months – family illness, and December, plus taking up crochet again. Not enough time for everything, but will have to try and ‘book’ in time for reading. I also enjoy finding new books that others recommend – good way to keep up the reading.

    Have a great new year.

  2. December 30, 2013 / 10:50 am

    I read The Age of Miracles this year too. Nice twist on the old ‘end of the world’ scenario, isn’t it? I might have to add John Ronson’s to my 2014 book pile 🙂

  3. SarahMummy
    December 30, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    Am impressed you made it to 41! I’ve kept a list of the books I’ve read over the last couple of years. This year, including the one I was already reading at the start of the year, and the one I just started yesterday, I’ve read 19! I read about 30 the previous year – I’m spending too much time blogging and reading blogs to read books! I’ve just bought more too so would definitely like to read more next year.

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