Taking on the "100 Books Everyone Should Read" Challenge

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Recently, I have found reading for pleasure quite difficult. Although I manage to do it most nights and on the majority of my commutes into university, I don't read much in one go and I find my attention waivers incredibly easily; I used to be able to read a whole book in a day! I fear I may have lost a bit of my love for reading due to all the reading I am doing for my PhD and for my obsession with looking on the internet instead - this must change!

This is something I have wanted to do for a while but had never pushed myself into doing it. I have seen several lists and I'm not sure if there is an "official" list that should be followed, but you can look at the one I am doing here. I wanted to share my journey on this blog and to do updates, reviews in the hope that people will come along with me and to motivate me. Without further ado, I am about to take on the 100 Books Everyone Should Read Challenge.

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

To my delight, the first book on this list is 1984 by George Orwell. Luckily for me this is actually one of my all time favourite books and I haven't read it in quite a while. I am sure most of you reading are familiar with 1984 or if not then you have most definitely heard of ideas from within the book which have been made into popular TV shows such as "Big Brother" and "Room 101". I would have expected this to have been on the list due to its sheer popularity and the influence it has had both during its publication and straight into the modern day. I'm excited to get into this one - Lets hope for a good start!


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