In a moment of optimism, I joined a couple of reading challenges for 2015. One has 52 categories of books, the other has 12, and both let you choose your own books to fit those categories. I'm still finishing Shakespeare (Julius Caesar currently) but these challenges seemed like a good way to read some other books that I might not otherwise pick up. And here's the first one:
Challenge book #1 - A book with a number in the title
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
The book the Hitchcock movie was (loosely) based on, written in 1915, and very influential in its genre. Richard Hannay learns of a plot that could lead to war. He goes on the run to escape the plotters, as well as the police who think he's a murderer, while figuring out what to do with his information. It's a short, fun, fast-paced thriller full of convenient coincidences that drive the story along. Quite enjoyable.