5 on Friday: #Read26Indy Update

We’re about halfway through the year, and I think it is┬átime for an update on my #Read26Indy progress. It’s actually become the #Read52Indy challenge for me. I’ve read 24 books already, and it seems like going a head and doubling the challenge will make it more of a challenge. It’s also put me a bit behind, but that’s OK. I can catch up.

In the spirit of it being Friday, it’s list day. Here are the five books I’ve enjoyed the most out of my reading challenge so far.

1) Songbook by Nick Hornby – You know how much I love Nick Horby. I’ve read High Fidelity more than anyone person should. And I’ll read it again. Songbook is Hornby doing what he does best. Talking about music. And he does it in that wonderful “this should come off as pretentious but it doesn’t” way. I was inspired by this book to start the “Song Blog” section of the site. If you decide to read this, try to get the hardback version. It’s made to look like an old, beat-up, mixtape. Plus, it comes with a CD containing some of the songs!

2) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick – We all know the book is always better than the movie. But, as with several books with a political slant, you miss a lot of the politics in the movie version. Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Bladerunner (and even then it was the edited for TV version), but Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was just so much deeper than Bladerunner.

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth – Claire has The Hunger Games, I have Divergent. I enjoyed the whole series. (I will say I didn’t really see the point in giving Four his own book. I enjoyed it, but why?) I found the characters relatable, and the dystopian Chicago world fascinating. Now to watch the movie. (Side note: My spell check tried to change “dystopian” to “utopian” so there’s that.)

4) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– A young adult novel actually written for young adults. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It’s not one of my all time favorites, but a really good book.

5) Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez – Going around Half Price Books and finding completely random books is always fun. That’s how I found The New Kings of Non Fiction, and that’s also how I found Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain. It’s a graphic novel in traditional novel format.

Are you taking the #Read26Indy challenge? Have you found any new favorites through the process?

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