2015 Reading Challenge (And other challenges achieved)

2015 Reading Challenge Complete (Along with a couple other challenges)


2015 has been a year of challenges met so far.

I’ve been trying to get a literary agent for a while. And after long rounds of querying and writing new novels, I signed with Ella Kahn of the DWK Literary agency in February.

I finished the final book in the MG fantasy trilogy Ella signed me for, after almost three years writing the series, and another before that planning it.

In November I’ll graduate, after 3 years at Uni studying a creative writing degree.

And I just completed the Goodreads 2015 reading challenge.

Five of the best books I’ve read so far this year are listed below…

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

I was already a fan of high-fantasy, but haven’t read as much because it can be heavy with description. But Abercrombie created something pretty much perfect with the Shattered Sea trilogy. Half a King, the first book, was epic, but Half the World manages to better it. Half a War, the final book, is due out this year.

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Abercrombie raised the bar for high fantasy, but Mark Lawrence hits it (doesn’t pass it, but makes a close effort). Jorg is a great character, an anti-hero– a brave movie, but Lawrence pulls it off and Prince of Thorns is packed with action, violence and plot twists.

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

YA dystopia has been popular since The Hunger Games, and the market has been packed with rip-offs or books that are trying to be The Hunger Games. Some have achieved it. The Fire Sermon doesn’t try to be The Hunger Games and manages to be original, action-packed, entertaining and well written.

61 Hours by Lee Child

Lee Child is one of my top three authors of all time. You can always rely on him for action, violence and solid plots. 61 Hours is no different. It’s my second favourite Reacher novel. If you haven’t read at least one book in the Reacher series, I can highly recommend it.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass almost didn’t make the top 5, but Maas delivered plenty of action and mystery towards the end of the book, which made up for the romance. If i didn’t still have 50 pages left of Crown of Midnight it would have taken Throne of Glass’s place. Another epic fantasy series.

There are a few other great books I’ve read this year, Tracer by Rob Boffard is action-packed sci-fi, Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch another solid high-fantasy, Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child one of the best of the Reacher books and Kingdom of the Wicked by Derken Landy, the 7th Skulduggery Pleasant book, confirms the series as one of the best I’ve read. 

Has 2015 been a good year for anyone else? Anyone achieved a goal they set at the beginning of the year? Or do you have a favourite book of the year so far?


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

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