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52 Books in 52 Weeks – February’s Books


After seeing the clutter that separate posts for every book were doing to the blog section of the site, I decided to do a round-up each month in my 52 books challenge.

So, February was a month in which I actually managed to pull ahead. I’m currently on book 12 while only nine weeks into the process. That’s included some fairly large books, too (or at least larger than the 200-page limit I tried to set up).

I managed to read four books in February, totalling 826 pages:

  • “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells

  • “The Thirty-Nine Steps” by John Buchan

  • “First & Only” by Dan Abnett

  • “Ghostmaker” by Dan Abnett

Of the four, The Thirty-Nine Steps sticks out in my mind. Though I thoroughly expected The Time Machine to be a good read (and it was) I wasn’t expecting how engrossing this book would be. Believed by some to be the founder of the “Man on the Run” genre, it’s a non-stop read that jumps from London to the Scottish wilds and to the South Coast on the eve of WWI. At only 100 pages, I blew through it in a day and a half. It’s no wonder that it proved exceptionally popular among men in the trenches.

Towards the end of the month I got sucked into a SciFi hole in the form of Dan Abnett’s first two Gaunt novels. The books are pretty interesting as the first few releases from the Black Library, which went from a niche wargaming lore-pusher to one of the world’s largest publishing houses in just a decade and a half.

Abnett’s work is good, if a little rough around the edges. He writes as much in his forward that he was a comic writer turning novelist. A lot of the Ghosts books lose themselves somewhat in the middle, but usually roar to a climactic close.

Up for March, and the book I’m reading at the moment, is Jane Goodall’s “Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe”. I’ve had my eye on it for a long time. After that I have both “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” to look forward to.

See you for another roundup at the end of that month!

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