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2017 Reading Challenge

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I am pretty sure that the title gives away the intention of this post. It’s 2017 Reading Challenge time, I find it quite helpful to have them all written down to be honest, I like knowing where I need to go in terms of reading and not be super bogged down by choice, when I stopped following the books that I had set myself last year for the last 2 weeks of the year I suddenly had all this choice and it was a tad overwhelming to say the least.

So, this year I am working slightly differently with this reading challenge, in that unlike the last 2 years I am not following the PopSugar one so there are no formal categories for me this year because arguably they are all books that have been on my TBR list for way too long. I spent about half an hour on the 1st just checking in withe the piles of books that I have dotted around my house and took note of all the books that I’ve read and the ones that I haven’t and then I added them all to a shelf on Goodreads and the number currently stands at 51.

I am weirdly chill about the fact that the number is currently 51. I have a lot of short stories that need to be read and I can read them quite quickly when I’m in the right mood. So I’m going into this feeling kind of optimistic about it, even though it is almost a book a week…

Anyway, the books in question this year are:

1) The Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Clare

I read 3 of them and then got bored or uninterested or I went back to uni or something. The point is I stopped reading them and then semi forgot that I hadn’t finished them. And then I stumbled across a box set in which the spines formed a pretty picture and I impulse bought them on eBay. So I need to read them this year. They are: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.

2) The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

Yeah, I bought these as well because of the pretty picture they made on the spines and how it matched The Mortal Instruments. I’m weak when it comes to pretty covers, what can I say? They are: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess. And that makes 9 books so far.

3) All My Friends Are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufman

This book keeps getting recommended to me, so it is about time that I have it a read.

4) After You – Jojo Moyes

I read the first book last year and enjoyed it enough that a couple of days after I finished it I went and bought the sequel, which I am now going to finally get around and read. I’m looking forward to it.

5) Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow

It’s our first repeat from last year on this list. I actually started this book last year but it was on a relatively casual basis because I was in the mood to  do some reading and it happened to be the book closest to me. I will say that the way Chernow writes is amazing and when I eventually dip my toe back into American history I’m sure it will be a great read.

6) Don Juan – Lord Byron

This was technically on the list last year and then I took it off in November due to time basically. But I do really want to read it and so I am going to make the effort to do so this year and not switch it out for a shorter poetry book in November (not that I could because this is the only poetry on this list this year).

7) And I Darken – Kiersten White

The cover of this book alone is the reason that I wanted to own it. It’s so pretty. Plus it’s about a badass princess, so I’m probably gonna love it.

8) Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland

This purchase was due to this book being recommended by a couple of people that I follow on Twitter and to be honest I forgot I pre-ordered it until I got an email telling me that it was ready to be collected (this seems to happen to me a lot I learned last year). So it’s just been sitting pretty in my room, it’s time to be read is this year.

9) The Graces – Laure Eve

Again, this is a book that I purchased off the back of a couple of recommendations on Twitter. It’s about witches/magic. I love things about witches. And the word thriller is involved in the description. It’s like it was made for me.

10) #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

This book kept cropping up on many of the ‘books you must read’ articles that I read last year (yeah, I read a lot of those, I like to make the TBR list even longer on a regular basis). I didn’t intend to buy it when I did but it was just sat on a display when I was making my way around Waterstones Piccadilly and in my head it felt kind of rude not to (and on this occasion I got 3 books for around a fiver…let’s not discuss how I managed to do that). And it would be rude not to read it this year.

11) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Script) – JK Rowling

I’ve seen the film, I loved the film. It was so delightful to go back into that magical world and the script exists and so one day I will take a journey back down into that world to tide me over for a little while.

12) Hamilton: An American Revolution

I’m mostly chill about this show now, I’m pretending that the pre-sale for tickets isn’t imminent and that it isn’t arriving on these shores at the end of the year. I bought this at the peak of my obsession and it was almost too pretty to touch/open/read, so I didn’t go near it for a while. I need to stop being so scared of touching it and this might help with any potential ticket related disappointment that might come my way…

13)  Freedom – Jonathan Franzen

I was given this as Secret Santa present at work last year and told it was good, so here it is on the list.

14) Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Hey, look more Neil Gaiman. The first of 7 (yes 7) books by him on this list for 2017. I bought this book (and two others, coming up later) on the 31st as a final goodbye for myself as I am trying to not to buy any new books (pre-orders I made last year don’t count) this year. That’s almost the only reason. It’s illustrated by Chris Riddell and his illustrations are always stunning and I am slowly making my way through his work.

15) The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

The second book by him and the second book bought on the 31st for the same reason as above.

16) Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman

The final Daniel Egnéus illustrated book to exist and the final one that I need to read. And my 4th Gaiman book on the list. The other 3 visually were stunning and the stories thoroughly enjoyable, so I am excited to read this one.

17) The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman

Again, illustrated by Chris Riddell. I am basically on an illustrated editions of Neil Gaiman’s work roll this year, although that started last year when I bought them all…I don’t even know what this one is about, but I am sure I am going to like it and also the whole thing on first glance is such a thing of beauty.

18) Odd and the Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman

I am going to read a book by someone other than him this year, I swear. It is my final illustrated book of his for this year. Again, not a clue what it’s about, but that’s part of the fun.

19) Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

I love Anna Kendrick, just so much. I pre-ordered this book the second that I could and I am so looking to finally reading it because it keeps catching my eye every time I go into my room and I keep hearing good things about it and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

20) Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher

The second book that I did not buy. It was a Christmas present and I was excited to read it when I opened it and then things happened and now when I go to read this (and The Princess Diarist eventually) it will be a bittersweet experience, but I great one I imagine nonetheless.

21) Alice – Christina Henry

This was originally going to be the only ‘one last book’ I bought (but I have impulse control issues) and it intrigued me because of the cover and the fact that it is a reimagined version of Alice in Wonderland and I am sort of fascinated by slightly darker retellings of fairytales etc. (I know technically Alice probably doesn’t count as a fairytale.)

22) Holding up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

I don’t remember when this came onto my radar, why I bought it, what it’s about. I don’t really know anything about how it got into my life. Seriously, I don’t. I do know that Niven’s first book was well received and so I hold out hope for this book. And I have directed this purchase back to just being deep on the Waterstones website.

23) Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs

It’s a signed edition. Probably why I bought it. I have not read the trilogy although it is on my TBR list (I don’t already own it, so I can’t even read it this year…). I’m hoping that won’t prove to my detriment. (I can also tell you that this is not the most absurd, almost out of context, book that I bought in 2016 just because it was signed. I have a problem, it’s fine, I can admit it.)

24) Grimm’s Fairytales – The Brothers Grimm

The edition I own is pretty and pink. Also there are a lot of these fairytales that I need to read and they are all in one helpful book.

25) The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion

I loved The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect and so when I saw this book on the Waterstones website I instantly clicked pre-order. Looking forward to it arriving into my life whenever that may be (I don’t know when that will be though, I could check, but I like the element of surprise).

26) The View from the Cheap Seats – Neil Gaiman

Yeah, here is he again. I don’t even have any other reason other than the fact that it’s him. But it’s non-fiction this time.

27) The BFG – Roald Dahl

This is actually a re-read (from when I was like 8 or something), but I want it back in my life for a little bit. And I also want to read my pretty edition of it.

28) Florence Grace – Tracy Rees

I went to a Marie Claire event in the Autumn with some authors and as part of the goody bag there were the latest books by the author in them (I don’t count them as books that I didn’t buy though because in some way I did buy them with the ticket…). I don’t really know what to expect from it to be honest, but I find that sometimes that’s the best way to go into a book.

29) The Hope Family Calendar – Mike Gayle

Another book from that event. Again, going in blind but the blurb seems promising.

30) Brideshead Revisted – Evelyn Waugh

I bought this when I was at Castle Howard with my mum and dad because it felt like it would be rude not to buy it there. Plus it is one of those classic books that I feel like I should read.

31) The Secret – Kathyrn Hughes

The third book I got at that Marie Claire event. The title promises intrigue. We’ll find out.

32) Tales of the Beedle of the Bard – JK Rowling

I cannot remember if I have ever actually read this, but new editions are being released soon and so I might as well read them just to be sure. And go back to that magical world.

33) Quidditch Through the Ages – JK Rowling

For the same reason as above to be honest.

34) Very Good Lives – JK Rowling

Sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration and this promises that. A January read for sure.

35) Women – Charles Bukowski

I forgot I bought this. But I was sorting out my book life and it popped up. I still have no idea if I like Post Office or not so I have no idea whether I am going to like this book or not. Gonna find out though.

36) The Muse – Jessie Burton

I bought this for 2 reasons. One Burton’s writing style is amazing and I love it deeply and two it’s signed…

37) Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast – Oscar Wilde

Again, I totally forgot that I owned this, but I found it the other day. It’s short, it’s Oscar Wilde. It’s a compilation of his quotes. I’m probably not gonna review it, but I’m gonna read it.

38) Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – Oscar Wilde

I found this one as well. This is what happens when Little Black Classics are only 99p and are in plain sight while I wait in a line to buy something else. Another Oscar Wilde one, surprise surprise.

39) The Beautifull Cassandra – Jane Austen

The final Little Black Classic I own (I hope…). And it’s Jane Austen, so it’s probably going to be something that I enjoy in some capacity. I love me some Austen.

40) The Song Rising – Samantha Shannon

I am so excited. That’s all.

41) The House on Sunset Lake – Tasmina Perry

The final Marie Claire event book on the list. The cover is so calming to look at, I mean that probably means nothing but it’s all I have in terms of what I know about the book other than the title and the author.

42) Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

This book is a thing of beauty and it comes with black sprayed pages. Black sprayed pages. And I’m not gonna lie that is the selling point for me…I’m a shallow book buyer. I have however also heard great things about it, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

43) Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

And I end with this book. It’s Gaiman and it’s mythology. And it’s the 51st book.

So concludes the list of books that I want to read this year. There are a lot. I’m not gonna be too mad if I don’t read them all because I can’t tell what is going to happen in terms of reading slumps and all that jazz, but these are the only books that I am going to care about this year. These 51 books…


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