It’s all over! 50 books in 39 weeks. What’ll I do now?
46. Right Ho, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
In the last year or so, I watched all of Jeeves and Wooster, starring the delightful Fry and Laurie. It should be noted that I am in love with both Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, and therefore also in love with P.G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse is also one of Christopher Hitchens’ favorites, so there’s that connection as well. I did really enjoy the book, though I must say that I’m not sure I enjoyed it more than watching Jeeves and Wooster. I think it does the show great credit that there was nothing jarring at all about reading the books, I felt like I’d already done so.
47. The Last Hero – Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
This was a pretty funny story about a bunch of old heroes trying to bring about the end of the world by “returning fire to the gods” in the form of a giant bomb. It also had Rincewind, Leonard of Quirm, the librarian and the patrician trying to stop them. It was a solid adventure story.
48. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
This is hands down the best book of the Discworld series. It’s stand alone and I highly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in Terry Pratchett, fairy tales, young adult fiction, or hilariousness. It’s like a cross between the pied piper, the rats of NIMH and Terry Pratchett’s general awesomeness. This may be my favorite book I’ve read all year.
49. Soccernomics – Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski
This book is exactly what you think it is, basically a statistical approach to soccer analyzing what makes a good soccer team, not from the perspective of who is a good player, but what elements it takes for a country to field a good national team. It’s really interesting if you’re nerdy and like soccer, since it’s soccer with a lot of numbers. I enjoyed it.
50. Night Watch – Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
I actually stopped listening to the audiobook and read the last third of this book because I wanted to get through it faster. This is a sort of alternate dimension, going into the past story, but I quite liked it because it offered some background on all of the older characters. In particular, it was nice to see the Patrician as a student. I love the patrician. If you like the other books about the watch, then you’ll probably like this one, I did.