The Spring Reading List

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Okay, so spring is in theory acoming what with the days slowly getting longer and the fact that it supposedly will begin on 20th March. I’m just getting this set up a teeny bit prematurely, but hey ho.

I am coming at you with another break down of my reading list that I am looking to get read over the next couple of months, it turns out that I quite enjoy creating mini versions of my list mainly because it eliminates an element of so much choice. This is going to be a bit of a non-fiction heavy couple of months just because I feel like I don’t read enough of it in general and so to compensate that I am just going to read a lot of it all at once.

I am currently on 11 out of 65 and similar to the last time I did this where I reckon it should stand at about 6/7 in the period of time, I am tacking on an extra few books because I go on holiday at the end of this month and then it’s Easter and then I have the rest of that week off so I should be able to get a fair amount of reading done in that time, especially because I am going to Amsterdam via train which is about 5 hours of travel time. I read books in roughly that amount of time over the course of a work week in 30 minute bursts, the potential there is high. But whatever. I’m aiming to get 10 books read in the next two months.

In terms of my first one of these I read 8 out of the 9 books, because when it came to me making a decision about whether to read Eat, Pray, Love or Now I Rise I had the epiphany that I want to finish that series straight through and so I’m going to wait for Bright We Burn before I make a start on that one. It turns out I did care.

1) Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates

It’s time that I read this. I have been being to do so for so many weeks, months, years and have just never gotten around to do it. But it’s in my possession and it’s about damn time.

2) Girl Up – Laura Bates

Same goes for this. I’ve read the first page or so and it’s not fucking about. Which is just what I need right now.

3) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – Sarah Knight

This was a book that I was looking for in Waterstones, almost gave up and then turned around to see it on a display. It was also this book that made me think that this was going to be a period of time that I was going to read mostly non-fiction books.

4) The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

And now, I am going to complete all the Carrie Fisher books that I have on my list. I almost don’t want to do it, but the time has come. I loved Wishful Drinking and let’s be real I am never going to be truly ready to read it so I might as well just get down to it.

5) The Good Immigrant –  Nikesh Shukla

It’s also time that I read this book. I almost picked it up back in January but didn’t. That’s now changing. It’s time.

6) The Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks

They aren’t all going to be non-fiction on this list because I’ve gotta break it up with some fiction, mainly because the fiction on my list far outweighs the non-fiction. And also I’m curious to see what Tom Hanks has to offer as a writer.

7) The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

This book is currently staring me straight in the face on my desk. Also season 2 of this show is imminent and I have yet to watch season 1 because I am waiting to read the book before I watch it. This might be an Amsterdam read, but then again it might be a tad too intense for that. We’ll see how it goes.

8)  Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman

I am so excited to read this book. I keep hearing nothing but great things about it and so it’s one that I am most hyped to read.

9) Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

Okay, so I put this is on my list before the allegations against him came to light and then I had a real think as to whether or not I would still read it. And then when I was reading the responses to it there was an article that mentioned this book in context to his actions and how they somehow didn’t quite match up and so I didn’t take it off the list, because I think on some level this would be interesting to read with the context.

10) the princess saves herself in this one – amanda lovelace

Time to get my first poetry collection of the year read.

And those are my next 10 books, which should take my total to 21 by the end of April, I don’t know whether means I am on track or not but I do know that it means I am inching closer to halfway.

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The Next 6 Weeks

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Last year, mainly just to get a post up and give the illusion that I had my shit together, I started writing up mini versions of my reading list that I wanted to get through in a vague period of time (like summer or autumn…).  I found that it helped me focus on what I was reading a little more because I wasn’t so overwhelmed by ALL the possibilities, just some of them.

And so, in keeping with that and because this year’s list is a tad larger than last years I’ve decided I’m going to keep that up. Now if I had been super well organised I would have done some maths about this all, because as I mentioned in my goals post even though it’s technically 65 books I want to read this year, I’m kind of going for 70, so that I know just how many books I need to read per month in order to actually get this done. But I wasn’t because doing too much maths hurts my head and so I am going with my current average which is about a book a week and then adding two because sometimes I get through a book quicker than I was expecting.

I am aware that that should therefore be 8 books, but there will be 9 books on here because I have a feeling there are a couple on there that I will read kinda quickly (and started reading books on this list on Tuesday).

So anyway, on with the list of books I want to get read before March:

1) The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I gave into buying this book because of the hype in the Waterstones I was in, time to find out what it was all about. The cover is so pretty and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it so I am excited to jump right on in.

2) Postcards from the Edge – Carrie Fisher

I don’t know why I’m listing this so high in the year because part of me wants to put reading them off as long as possible. But here it is.

3) Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

I’m hoping I time this right so that that I can just read the series straight through once the third one has been published.

4) Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton

Obviously the second one would be here.

5) Hero at the Fall – Alwyn Hamilton

And it’s a trilogy so here we are with that one.

6) Shockaholic – Carrie Fisher

I am apparently just going to go through 2 of the 3 books that I have from her in this period of time.

7) Now I Rise – Kiersten White

I want to get back to this story so badly, I don’t even care that I will have to wait until the third one is released later in the year to finish it.

8) Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

There was just a part of me that felt like this had to be a front end of the year thing.

9) All That She Can See – Carrie Hope Fletcher

The paperback was being advertised on the Waterstones website (it has green sprayed edges, so guess what I’ve got on pre-order…) and so it put it back on my radar.

And those’s are the books that I plan to read over the next 6 weeks. Or at least intend to, but if I don’t, well they’ll still be there come March. I’m going through all the books that I currently have in my possession because I don’t really want to think about the ones that I don’t. And I’m crossing off my first series’ of the year, which I think will be quite a nice feeling.

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The Books that Didn’t Make It

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I realised something the other day. There are quite a few books that I legit said I was going to read this year at some point last year but then as I was making my way through my Goodreads shelf and adding books to this year’s reading shelf I completely forgot about those books that I had, for some at least, publicly declared I was going to read this year.

By the time I had remembered I had already ended up with quite a lengthy number on the shelf and I was kind of reluctant to add to it. However, there is a part of me that wants to read more than the books that I have officially marked as ‘to read’ this year which means that there is still a chance for these books to get a look in.

So here are the books that I kind of maybe hinted (stated) that I was going to read this year but then completely forgot about and fleshed this year’s reading list:

1) The God of Small Things – Arundhanti Roy

I don’t even know how this one slipped my mind. I had fully intended to bung this and The Alchemist on there and yet for some reason I only added one…

2) I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith

I just forgot about this book, it’s never really been hugely on my radar to be honest in the first place but it’s been like a little niggling thing telling me that I should read it. Not that I remembered that at the back end of last year.

3) One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Right, this book slipped my mind. That was pretty much the only reason that I didn’t put it on the list. Also it’s not actually on my ‘to read’ shelf (it is now) so even when I was moving through the shelf

4) Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

I think that this ended up back on my radar because there was a BBC adaptation of it over Christmas and I remembered that I have not read it so it’s moved from the peripheral.

5) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

I do not understand how I can say every year that this is a book that I want to read and then every year just forget about it when I’m putting the list together. I’ve done it again. I swear it will get read one day. It needs to be read one day.

6) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

This only ended up back on my radar because of A View from the Cheap Seatwhich just added to my reading list in a big way but this was the book that sort of stood out the most from all of them.

7) The Curses – Laure Eve

I am not 100% if this book is being published this year or not and as such it’s just not been on my radar, if it is then great, but I also don’t know if this one counts if I’m not sure of the publication date

8) One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Okay, so this actually was on the list, but then I cut it at the last minute for some reason. This is probably the most likely to get read this year because as I mentioned it was briefly on the shelf for this year but it’s not an official book.

9) Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Now, you may have noticed that there is not  a single Neil Gaiman book on my list. And it was both intentional and accidental. I kind of had so many books on there that by the time I remembered the lack of Gaiman it almost felt too late. And then it was intentional because I burned through so many last year that it almost felt like too many. But this is the one that I’ve always wanted to read but it somehow gets bumped down the list in favour of other Gaiman work.

And those are the books that got so very near to being on the list but due to the fact that I am hella forgetful they didn’t make it.

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2018 Reading Challenge

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So, now that last year’s has been wrapped up in a slightly messy, bow it is time to move on to the next one. Which has somehow ended up bigger than last year’s, which I did finish but still didn’t finish a book that was technically on the list…again, but I blindly went through my ‘to read’ shelf on Goodreads and just added ones that sounded interesting to me at the time, which was the last week of 2017. I also had to add a bunch of books that I impulsively bought on Boxing Day because I had heard good things and I wanted them in my life. And then there are the pre-orders.

Anyway, the list currently stands at 65. Noticed how I said currently…yeah I hate that too but that is where we’re are. Also, you may notice that there is literally only one play on here working in almost complete opposite to this post, but that’s where we are at with that.

Be warned this is going to be lengthy, there are 65 books on the list:

1) The Red QueenVictoria Aveyard –  The whole damn series of this book will be read this year. They are all on the list, given that this is book one we are obviously going to start with this one.

2) Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard – Yeah, they’re all coming back to back. I’m gonna start as I mean to go on. And this will be the year that I complete not one, but 3, whole series and don’t just leave the first book hanging as I am prone to do.

3) King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard – There’s the third one.

4) War Storm, Victoria Aveyard – Not gonna lie, I forgot that there was going to be a fourth one to this series and so this was added after I had thought the list was complete and knew that this list was probably going to be ever lengthening. It’s gonna involve a lot of deep breaths, it’s gonna be fine.

5) Cruel Crown, Victoria Aveyard – And we conclude this whole series. First 5 books down.

6) London Fields, Martin Amis – This feels like it might be a little heavy hitting, although I don’t actually know what it’s about, but the cover seems a tad intense and yes I am judging it by that.

7) The Girl of Ink and Stars, Kiran Millwood Hargrave – I’m looking forward to reading this actually, I had kind of forgotten about it, but then I remembered how much people liked it and it got me excited again.

8) Fight Cub, Chuck Palahniuk – Kinda looking forward to going back to Palahniuk’s writing, it was something that I enjoyed the first time.

9) A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab – I am far too stressed about the fact that this does have me leaving a first book hanging again, which I kind of knew would happen when I bought it on a whim in the first place.

10) Shockaholic, Carrie Fisher – I’m both apprehensive and hyped to read this.

11) Postcards From the Edge, Carrie Fisher –  I’m gonna read 3 of her books this year. And it’s probably still not going to feel like enough.

12) The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher – I don’t think I wanna read this for reasons, but also I need to read it.

13) Big Little Lies, Lianne Moriarty – This is one of those books that I am looking forward to reading because I loved the show so much and I wanna see how they differ.

14) The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood –  This is gonna be intense. I just know it. Headspace is gonna be everything when I go to read this.

15) the princess saves herself in this one, amanda lovelace – I really do need to read more poetry. And this is currently the only one that I have.

16) the witch doesn’t burn in this one, amanda lovelace – I discovered while I was compiling the list that there was a sequel of sorts to the other one and so here we are adding another poetry collection to the list.

17) The Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks – I forgot about this book and had to tag it on. It raised the number again.

18) The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron – I’m intrigued by this book, looking forward to reading it.

19) Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas – Yet another book I’m gonna leave hanging. I have so many open ended series on the go that I read the first book from and then never appear to return to no matter how much I want to.

20) All That She Can See, Carrie Hope Fletcher – I am curious as to where this is going and figuring out further how I feel about her style of writing.

21) When the Curtain Falls, Carrie Hope Fletcher – Apparently though I am not going to wait to have read that book before buying her next one because it’s already on pre-order…

22) The Little Friend, Donna Tartt – I have missed Tartt’s writing, going back to it will be great..

23) Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert – It’s time to figure out the hype.

24) Now I Rise, Kiersten White – I loved the first one, looking forward to getting back to these characters.

25) Bright We Burn, Kiersten White – And this will be another series that I can marked as finished when this gets published. Again, I forgot about this and had to add it to the list, which ticked it up ever higher.

26) Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff  – If the next book for this series comes out this year, I don’t wanna know about it.

27) Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen – I’m almost tempted to scrap this off the list, just because I’ve put it off for so long what’s a little longer? I’m not, but there is a part of me that is thinking about it.

28) The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – Same as above.

29) The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas – I have heard so many great things about this book I just have to read it.

30) Legendary, Stephanie Garber – This may be the quickest turnaround for the reading of a second book that I have ever scheduled for when I haven’t gone in to outright read the whole series from start to finish. But loved it so much I need to know what is happening with these characters.

31) Rebel of the Sands, Alwyn Hamilton – For some reason I just haven’t got around to reading this series yet, even though it seems like it would be right up my street. So this is the year that I’m gonna do the whole thing in one.

32) Traitor to the Throne, Alwyn Hamilton – There’s the second.

33) Hero of the Fall, Alwyn Hamilton – And fortunately for me the 3rd book gets published this year and so I can complete it all. Yay.

34) Everless, Sara Holland – This book came onto my radar and I was hella intrigued hella fast and before I knew it I was putting it on my list and preordering it.

35) The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – I do not get how I have never read this before and so I am going to do now, when the book arrives in my life.

36) Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman – I had never heard of this book until the film and then it was everywhere and obviously my interest was piqued and so here we are.

37) History is All You Left Me, Adam Silvera – I’m reading both the books by Silvera that are on my radar, I was only going to read one but I couldn’t decide so I picked both. They are already on their way to me.

38) They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera – Here’s the second one. I’m excited to read both.

39) The Belles, Dohnielle Clayton – I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews regarding this book and the cover is all kinds of stunning and so I am gonna get ‘er done and pretend I’m not starting yet another series…

40) Runaways, Rainbow Rowell – I will read anything written by Rowell, that’s it.

41) The Sun and her Flowers, Rupi Kaur – Her first collection was heavy, I’m interested as to what her second will bring.

42) The Virgin Suicides, Jeffery Eugenides – I was gonna read this like 7 years ago and then just didn’t, so now is the time.

43) The Kids Are All Right,  Diana Welch – I’ve no idea what to expect from this book, but it was on my to-read shelf on Goodreads and the title intrigued me so here we are.

44) Seriously…I’m Kidding, Ellen Degeneres – I love Ellen and yet I’ve never read anything she’s written, so I’m starting here for the time being.

45) The Burning World, Isaac Marion – I found out recently that there was a sequel to Warm Bodies and well that got me interested because I can’t think of where it will go and I need to find out.

46) Simon vs the Homo Spaiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli – This has been on my radar for years and was fully bumped up after I watched the trailer for the film.

47) Hunger, Roxane Gay – This will also be the year of reading Roxane Gay work. This is one of 3 books.

48) Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay – The second.

49) Difficult Women, Roxane Gay – And the last one. There is a theme I know.

50) I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak – We all know how I feel about the other Zusak work I have read. I wanna know what else he has to offer.

51) My So Called Freelance Life, Michelle Goodman – I discovered as I was going through my ‘to read’ shelf that I have a lot of these kind of non-fiction/self help books on there and so I have shifted a lot of them onto this year’s reading challenge shelf. I think this might be a useful read for me.

52) Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher – I want to read this book before the second season of the show comes out and also see where they differ, because from what I understand there are some drastic differences.

53) The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, Sarah Knight – I could have really done with this book last year, but better late than never.

54) The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla – I need to read this book. That’s all I’ve got on this.

55) The Crucible, Arthur Miller – And here we have the one and only play scheduled for reading this year. It’s nice and easy.

56) Carol, Patricia Highsmith – There are a fair amount of LGBT stories on this list, I’ve made that a conscious effort this year. And trying to read from POC writers, which I feel I’ve been less successful at. Better, but not as good as it could have been.

57) Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates – This book has been on my radar for a while now, so now it is finally time to read it.

58) Girl Up, Laura Bates – And this one. I am also very aware that Bates has a third book coming out this year, but I’m gonna wait until it has a paperback before I even think about reading it.

59) Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari – I have a great appreciation for this man and so I am looking forward to reading this.

60) Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling – I loved her first book and so I am looking forward to reading her second one.

61) A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood – I love the film adaptation of this and have just been very slow to read the book.

62) The Defining Decade, Meg Jay – I turn 25 in a couple of weeks and the past few years have kind of been a bit of a mental clusterfuck and kinda draining so the idea that this is the defining decade kind of makes sense but is also kind of terrifying. And I’m hoping this book will do something to make sense of it all.

63) It’s Not Me, It’s You, Mhairi McFarland – I’m in this for the title. Kinda. And also the contents.

64) Generation X, Douglas Coupland – I don’t even really know what this book is but the title interested me as I was going through my to-read shelf and so it shifted to this list.

65) Lost Boy, Christina Henry – The concept of Peter Pan is being played around with here, I am only so strong. And I quite liked the concept of Alice which I read last year and for the most part it is I liked the way it was written.

And that is my year in books. It’s nice and small. Totally doesn’t have the potential to get longer at all.

It’s fine.

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2018 Reading Challenge – The Beginnings

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And so we have reached the final day of the month, which can only mean one thing:

I go into full on Christmas mode from tomorrow. Kind of.

I’m weirdly feeling more festive this year than I ever have before like the Ice Queen is melting or some shit. I don’t know what to do with it. It might be because life has gotten super stressful these past few weeks and I’m seeking solace in the festive cheer.

But anyway, to round out this bookish month I’m going to start talking about next year’s reading list. I’ve still got 5 books left to read this year and there are officially less than 5 weeks left of the year so I really need to get a move on there. However the other day I found myself slowly starting to piece together 2018’s reading list…because the TBR list is never done. In fact it just gets longer.

Every day it gets longer.

This list isn’t fully formed because for the most part I’m just currently looking at the books that I actually possess and if I think about it too much then I focus on it too much and then the fear sets in because like I said, this year’s hasn’t finished yet, and yet I’m thinking about all the possibilities for the future. It all gets a bit too much.

But the list has been slightly formed and this is where we are at:

1) The Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard – Look, this was on my list anyway, but I bought it when I did because I stumbled across a display of it and they were all gorgeous special editions that I felt compelled to buy. And so I did.

2) London Fields, Martin Amis – I’ve already said why I bought this, and therefore it has to be on the list because otherwise the purchase will have been pointless.

3) The Girl of Ink and Stars, Kiran Millwood Hargrave – Again, I bought this on a whim, so I gotta read it.

4) Fight Cub, Chuck Palahniuk – I am actually quite looking forward to reading this book.

5) A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab – Again, I am quite looking forward to reading this, I love me a fantasy book.

6) Shockaholic, Carrie Fisher – I’m so reluctant to read this because I feel like getting involved with Fisher is gonna make me emo, but also I really wanna get in there.

7) Postcards From he Edge, Carrie Fisher –  I am just gonna go on a Fisher thing next year I can sense it. These are just the ones that I own, there are still 5 more out there.

8) Big Little Lies, Lianne Moriarty – I’ve obviously seen the TV adaptation and so it was inevitable that I was going to  read the book.

9) The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood –  This book has been on my list for years and it was finally handed to me by R after she finished reading it in August sometime, so the time will finally be upon us.

10) the princess saves herself in this one, amanda lovelace – I really do need to read more poetry. And this is currently the only one that I have.

11) The Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks – I 100% bought this because it was signed by Tom Hanks and also because I was intrigued by what his style of writing would be like.

12) The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron – This book was gifted to me by someone at work and they said that they lost a whole day reading it and that they thought I would like it. It’s gonna be an early read I think because they are interested in what I think about it.

13) Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas – I do not own this book, but I do have the 5th one and well I’ve gotta start somewhere with this to justify that ridiculous purchase (I’ve mentioned this before…it’s signed.)

14) All That She Can See, Carrie Hope Fletcher – I was a bit undecided on her first novel but I’ve read the first couple of chapters and I am intrigued by the concept, so I’m looking forward to cracking this open.

15) The Little Friend, Donna Tartt – I have loved her other two books and I am so excited by this one just because I love her style of writing.

16) Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert – I’m gonna give in to the hype and read this book. I got  pretty edition and everything.

17) Caraval, Stephanie Garber – This has literally only just physically entered my life. I forgot that I pre-ordered the paperback version of it because I did it months ago and well, the publication date has just swung on around.

18) Now I Rise, Kiersten White – I am so excited to read this sequel, I loved the first book so damn much and I cannot wait to get back to Lada and Radu.

19) Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff  – Same as above. I need Mia and her world back in my life.

20) Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen – I’m gonna give this another try. It’s time.

21) The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – Again, it’s also time to give this another try.

And that’s it so far. And these are just the books that I currently own. I haven’t even really thought about the ones that I don’t currently, but want to. Like the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series, the Miss Peregrine series, any of the books that are on that TBR list and that Unread list that is what started this whole mess. These are just the ones physically available to me at the drop of a hat. And I have a few books on pre-order already for next year. And it’s all just too much.

There’s just a lot of books…


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The Unread

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I’ve reached that time of the month where I’ve run out of steam with this book related month thing because I’ve run out books that I’ve read and I kind of didn’t think that far ahead…planning is sometimes not my strong suit.

And then when I was sat on a train reading Freedom  and I had this idea. There’s a list from the BBC that I see doing the rounds sometimes that talks about the Top 100 books that you have to read. Then I decided that I am going to go through the list and do god knows what, just ramble I guess.

Let’s just see where we end up with this.

1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien – I know that I should read these books and I’v heard so much hype about this series, but like, I tried to read the first one once and hated it. Something about the language grated on me. And then I just shut down and threw it away to the bottom of the list. Where to be honest it’s probably going to stay…
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – I’ve actually read this book. It’s one of my faves. It’s definitely my fave Austen book. There’s something about it that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy although a part of me also feels like it’s a little bit of a cliche to love this book so much
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman –  I read the first one. Kind of hated it. Didn’t really get it. Was probably a bit young when I first tried. It’s higher up on my list than LOTR that’s for sure.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – I keep forgetting this is an actual book. But it was put back on my radar by Cheap Seats so I’ll read it next year.
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – This is my second (maybe third it changes) favourite book of the series
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – I have almost bought this book so many times and just never have and I do not know why I never have. It’s on the list for next year (insane that I am already thinking about that when I haven’t even finished this year’s yet…)
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne – I’ve never even really thought about reading this book. I guess I probably should…it shouldn’t be too hard.
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell – Read it. Kind of think I hate it. Kind of think it’s genius.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis – I think I’ve read this book. I think I’ve read a lot of this series, but I cannot remember. I guess I’ll have to give it a second chance.
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë –  This is one of those classics that everyone says you should read and I just think…meh. I still think that. One day I might. I’m not rushing for it.
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – Read. Loved. Would recommend.
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – I’ve tried reading this book and could. not. do. it. I’m in no hurry to try again.
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks – This book broke my heart. I loved it. Would also recommend.
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – I intended to read this back in my A Level year and then just didn’t. And then I pushed it way down on my list. Although it is slowly creeping back up it.
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger – It is blasphemous to say that I hate this book? Ah well, I’ve said it now. I hate this book, I do not get the hype.
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame – Meh, I’m not in any hurry to read this either.
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – I know I should read this book.  But I’ve seen so many adaptations of this book that I kind of feel like I don’t need to. And also I’ve low key kind of hated every adaptation I’ve ever seen, lord knows why I’ve seen so many.
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – Another one of those books that I keep almost buying and then don’t. So it’s on 2018.
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres – Never even crossed my mind to read this book. Not something that has ever really interested me. Kind of still the case.
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – Am I right in thinking that this book is super long? the idea of it just puts me off. It doesn’t always seem to get favourable mentions when it crops up in popular culture. I’ll get there.
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – Ugh, no. Not something that I want to read.
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – Obviously I’ve read this.
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling – And this one.
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling – And this is my favourite of the 7.
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien – See LOTR. I’ll get there when I get there.
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy – Again, I have attempted to read this book before and did not make it to the end I don’t even know where I got to with it. I don’t feel particularly compelled to try it again.
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot – No. I didn’t do a module at uni because this was on the required reading. This thing is huge. And Victorian.
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving – I did not know that this even existed as a book which tells you all you need to know about where it is on my list.
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck – This has been on my list for so many a year. It will happen one day.
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – I know I should read this book. And yet…I haven’t.
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson – Wilson was a childhood staple for me, this wasn’t one one of my faves, but I’ve read it.
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez – I am reading this next year. It’s been put out into the universe now. It’s happening.
33.The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett – Another book I’ve never really heard of.
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens – I must have some kind of beef with Charles Dickens that I don’t know the true origins of because I almost never have any desire to read any book of his…
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – I love Roald Dahl, this is one of my faves. Something about the world created just does it for me.
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – Part of me wants nothing to do with this if it doesn’t have Muppets involved. The rest of me is willing to give it a shot.
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute – This is thing?
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen – This is not a book I have been able to get on with as of yet. Not that I’ve tried very hard to be fair. I started it a time where I was on a brink of a reading slump and then never picked it back up.
39. Dune, Frank Herbert – Again, what?
40. Emma, Jane Austen – I’ve tried to read this a couple of times but it’s just too hard to get into whenever I try, but I’ve not given up yet.
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery – It’s not high on the list. But it’s on there somewhere.
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams – A couple of people I know have said that this is their favourite book, but it’s not something that’s ever really crossed my path
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald – I love this book, which again kind of feels like a cliche.
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas –  I have so little interest in reading this book at this moment in time, but maybe that will change.
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh – I’ve actually read this book thanks to this year.
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell – It’s not that I hated this book, but I didn’t really like it either. I got the allegory and all that and it remains hella relevant, but yeah. Part of me definitely just read it because I felt like I had to.
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – Yet another Dickens book that I haven’t read but have seen many an adaptation of. As such I don’t really currently see the point in reading it
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – No, I have no interest in this. Maybe that will change, but it just feels like one of those classics that I will not get along with.
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – I’m pretty sure I’ve read this in primary school. I’ve definitely seen an adaptation of it, but I cannot remember if I’ve read it or not. I feel like they were linked to one another and so I have read it.
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher – I don’t even know what this is…?

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – I forgot this was even a book in the first place. which probably tells you all you need to know about my intention to read it
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck – This is another one of those books that I’m kind of avoiding reading because it’s one of those classics that everyone tells you to read. I will get to it eventually, but not anytime soon.
53. The Stand, Stephen King – There are so many Stephen King’s books that I want to read, this one is not high up on the list.
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy – I’ve tried this in some capacity before. I did not get very far.
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth – Another book I did not know existed.
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl – I love this book. I re-read it at the beginning of the year.
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome – This book just sounds uninteresting.
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – This is kind of on my list, but it’s also not.
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer – This actually is on my list, somewhere. I don’t quite know where, but it’s on there.
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky – I know I should say yes. But the title in and of itself seems to sum out I feel reading this book would be…
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman – This book broke my damn heart. So much. It still fucks me up just thinking about it.
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden – I took this book out of the library when I was at school once and then just didn’t read it and had to take it back. Then forgot about it until just now. So yeah, it’s back on my list.
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – Of all the Dickens books, I think this is the lowest on my list. I don’t know, how many books did he write? How many of these things am I going to have to attempt to read???
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett – I am going to make it my goal next year to read more Pratchett, because currently I have read none…
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton – I feel like I completely missed Blyton as a kid. It’s something I might go back to.
67. The Magus, John Fowles – I have never heard of this book. Will I read it? Maybe. But it’s not high on the list I gotta be honest.
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – I love this book so much. I am so excited for the TV adaptation
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett – This constitutes as fitting in with the above thing I said about Pratchett.
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding – I don’t know how many times I attempted to read this book before I was finally successful with it. I hated it. That’s all.
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind – I have no real plan to read this I’m gonna be honest.
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett – And again.
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl – I am very much Matilda. Again, one of my childhood faves.
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding – I read this book for uni as part of ‘chick lit’ week. I blazed through it. I think on some level I am Bridget. Just without my Colin Firth.
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt – This is one of my favourite books. Honestly I cannot recommend it enough. Get it in your life.
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins – Hmmmm, no.
78. Ulysses, James Joyce – I avoided a module at uni that had this book on it because I didn’t want to do it. That sums up my attitude to it.
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens – We know my attitude to Dickens at this point right?
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson – This was the book that started this whole reading thing. I had it memorised at one point.
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl – I have read most Roald Dahl books, this was not one of my faves though
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith – I meant to read this at uni and just never got my shit together in time to do so and then it just fell away. So it’s on the 2018 list.
83. Holes, Louis Sachar – I almost read this once and I don’t know what stopped me from doing so, but something did and I just never attempted to read it again. I will try it one day/
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake – I don’t know…as in I don’t know what this book is. Or that it even existed.
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – This is also a book that I’ve always meant to read and just never have. Again on for 2018.
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson – I cannot remember if I’ve read this or not. I think it’s a no, but it might be a yes.
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – No, I can just tell that this is not a book that I am going to get along with.
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons – Another one I have never even heard of.
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist – And this, not a clue.
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac – I’ve read this. Didn’t totally hate it, also wasn’t a huge fan. I for sure just read it to say that I had read it.
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo – I kinda forgot this was a book. And I’m gonna keep on forgetting.
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel – I’ve just found out that this book exists, so I probably won’t read it any time soon.
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett – This is the Pratchett book that I want to read the most.
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – I want to read this book so much and I keep finding books to put ahead of it, but not anymore. It’s on the list.
95. Katherine, Anya Seton – I don’t even know what this is. Probably not any time soon.
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer – No.
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez – I really want to read stuff by this author, but I’ve just never had the chance to. Or rather more accurately I’ve never given myself the time to.
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson – I think this book came out just as I was growing out of my Wilson phase, so no it’s one of the books that I haven’t read, and am unlikely to do so.
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot – I am assuming that this means the first one. Which I had read. And enjoyed.
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie – I feel like I should because I’ve heard great things about Rushdie’s work, but it’s also not high on my list.

And there we have it. This very long book related post had finally come to a close and it has made me realise that I am currently in a position to start thinking about my 2018 reading list…

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I am taking a break from the book reviews today just as a bit of relief and because we all know that I love me a tag post. I saw this one on Orange Owl Diaries alllll the way back in September and instantly knew that I had to just file it away for some day this month. Today is the day.

Real talk, I don’t own a bookshelf, I chose a lot of these books by memory and from the ones that I could see because they’ve not been fully put away somewhere. So, without further ado:


Freedom, Jonathan Franzen. The books that are on my reading list for the rest of year are in plain sight so that I can just pick the next one up when I move onto it. And therefore this is the only one that I have just lying around.


I will be honest, I didn’t think I would like Brideshead Revisited. It felt like it was going to be one of those books that you ‘should’ read because it’s considered a classic and well I’m an English Lit grad and to not have read some classics is almost a crime. So I read it, and I was surprised at how quickly I read it and how much I enjoyed it. This surprise also came from the fact that I tried to watch the adaptation of it and got bored very quickly, which was weird because it had Ben Whishaw, Matthew Goode and Hayley Atwell in it. All people that I love usually. Maybe I need to give it another shot now that I’m older and have a better understanding of the text.


The first book I can think of (told you doing this from memory) is The Red Queen. This book was on my radar in the peripheral of my brain because I had seen it on some book blogs over the last couple of years and it’s on my TBR, but the reason it came to mind is because I have a special edition of this book. I was called to this book because of the special edition. It was just sitting pretty and I couldn’t help myself, before I knew it I had picked it up and was buying it. Then I read the first page and knew it would be my kind of thing, when I finally got around to reading. Whenever that may be.


Someone recommended Station Eleven to me and I am honestly so thankful that they did. It’s not necessarily from a genre that I read very often just because it’s so easy for dystopian novels to be done badly or in way that just feels like it’s been done before, so I tend to work only on recommendations for that genre for that reason. I loved this book.


I’m pretty sure Rainbow Rowell came onto my radar because I kept seeing people talking about Fangirl on Tumblr. And well, that book is my jammmm. If I didn’t have so many new books to read and worlds to discover I would so reread that book. Although having said that, you give me a solid day where I don’t have anything to do I could probably devour it again.


Godsgrave. It’s the sequel to Nevernight which is one of my favourite books that I have read this year and it’s been mocking me ever since it entered my world in early September because there are other books that I have to read first and also I don’t wanna read it because once I do then I will have to wait until the last book and I want to prolong that happening for as long as possible and in the meantime I will just stare longingly at the gilded black pages.


Uhhhhhh, Big Little Lies I guess. I was kind of aware of the book because it cropped on my Instagram a couple of times and I filed it away on my mental TBR list, but then I watched the TV adaptation and was gripped by it and so in love with the complex story telling and the many layers to these female characters that I knew I had to read the book just to truly get all those nuances and see how the world was built on paper.


One of my all time faves is The Night Circus (surprise, surprise). I read it a couple of years ago now and again I read it because it kept cropping up on Tumblr and kept seeing how it was full of beautiful imagery and was the slowest of burns plot wise and well I’m a sucker for that kind of writing. I was not disappointed. I also read The Secret History a couple of years ago and I picked that up because it was recommended to me by a friend at uni and she had such glowing things to say about, including again that the style of writing was just so beautiful. I’m a sucker for beautiful passages of writing and images that can haunt you for days what can I say?

And that is a little insight into more of my books, whilst also mentioning the same books that I almost always mention. I should really do a full overhaul of my books and truly chronicle what I have…which means what I really need is a bloody bookshelf…

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