Autumn Reading

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Technically this title is bullshit because technically autumn hasn’t started yet because we’re still in the summer, but my summer reading list took me to August and well that is now nearly done and so here we are throwing this word around entirely too early.

Okay, I did a lot of accidental book buying in July/earlier this month. Me trying to avoid falling into a reading slump meant new and unowned to me apparently and so that was what I did. I bought a lot of books. I am now on a book buying ban, which should be kinda easy because I have so many damn books on pre-order (and they all seem to come out in the same 2 weeks in October, so that will be interesting). I don’t really know how this is gonna work though because looking at the 2018 Reading Challenge shelf there are a lot of books on there that I don’t actually own yet and kind of will need to buy at some point and then also whenever I go on a book buying ban the urge to buy books becomes too much and I end up binge buying. I don’t know, for now this list will be comprised of books that I actually own.

1) The Shadow of the Wind – Yes, this was on my summer list, no I didn’t read it. Yes, it will actually happen this time.

2) What If It’s Us – Technically this is not in my possession yet because it is due to be published in October. It’s one of the pre-ordered books that will make itself known in October.

3) A Darker Shade of Magic – I’m pumped to read this book. I’m just really excited to finally read some V.E Schwab.

4) Vicious– This is not an official book on the list. However I seem to be loving the bonus books right now and I do actually own this because I impulse bought it earlier this year due to the cover (I do judge them by that what I can say, I’m a sucker for a real pretty book).

5) Vengeful – This is also a pre-order due to arrive into my life in September and also the sequel to Vicious, because we all know that I needed yet another series in my life.

6) Godsgrave – Knowing that the final book of this series is not due until next year has made the prospect of reading this more appealing because I’m no longer holding out for the finale

7) Fight Club – Again, was supposed to read this over the summer, but I didn’t. So now I will.

8) London Fields – I still think I am putting off reading this because it hits wayyyy too close to home as I literally spend 40 hours a week in this area and I’m worried it might change my perception of it.

9) The Little Friend – This book is a beast and it will also complete the Donna Tartt bibliography for me.

10) The Uncommon Type – Let’s see what Tom Hanks to offer as a writer.

11) City of Ghosts – And yet another VE Schwab book makes the list. It is also currently already in my life and to be honest I may have already read it by the time that this posts and as I write it I’m just waiting for it to be delivered.

So that’s an extra 8 books from my actual list on here and then some extra VE Schwab thrown in for good measure. Books that are also going to make an appearance in my life in October are: Bridge of Clay,, Markus Zusak Runaways: Volume 2, Rainbow Rowell, to make monsters out of girls, amanda lovelace and This Will Only Hurt a Little, Busy Philips. I am also on holiday for like 2 weeks, one of which I think will be spent on the coast, so in theory this is a good time to get some reading done.

I’m gonna address all the books that I have still on the official shelf at some point, there may need to be another cull. There may not be. I don’t know. There are some there that I do actually really wanna read (most of the autobiographical ones tbh) but there are others that honestly I can take or leave.

I just need to get to 70.

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Summer Reading List

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I went from like 0 to 100 real quick. I typically just break my reading lists down into 6-8 week chunks, but for some reason I’ve decided to go from here in May all the way through to August, which is over a quarter of the year.

The reason for this? I could not think of a title for this one and then another one at a later date and so I bunged them all into one. I don’t even know how my logic is going to work for this one. I average at a book a week and so there are 18 weeks I am playing with here. So I’m gonna take 18 and then tack on an extra 7 and make it 25 for no actual reason to be perfectly honest. Like I said logic has gone all the way out of the window.

I don’t know how this going to make the overall goal seem less daunting given how many books I’m going for here, but hey. We’re doing this. So let’s do this.

Also, I feel like I should mention that although these are all listed apparently I am prone to doing shit on a whim and could just throw in a book that I didn’t even list in the original post. Also, I only read 6 books on my last one of these so those are being rolled over to some other time, that is apparently not during this period of time…

1-5) The Red Queen Series – Victoria Aveyard

There are 5 books in this series, I’m gonna try and read it straight through, but that might not happen and there might be a couple of books thrown in the mix, depending on how I mesh with the series. I do know that when I was moving through Rebel earlier in the year, it felt great to read them all straight through, but it did feel kind of exhausting only being in that world for like a month. It’s the same reason I couldn’t read The Mortal Instruments straight through as 6 books and had to break it into two trilogies. So currently I plan to go straight through, but yeah, that might not happen. They will however all be read.

6) Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

I just wanna read this book. I wanna watch the film and I’m doing this thing where my brain won’t let me do that without having read the book first. Why I don’t know, it’s just a thing that my brain does to me sometimes.

7) the witch doesn’t burn herself in this one – amanda lovelace

I enjoyed her first collection, I’m excited to see what her second will bring.

8) The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron

This book was given to me by someone at work and although they haven’t asked me about what I thought of it again yet (because they have done a couple of times already now) I don’t trust that they won’t ask again and so I wanna be able to finally be like ‘oh I thought this…’

9-10) The Conquerer’s Saga – Kiersten White

I dropped Now I Rise earlier this year so that I could finish the series straight through and well the final book is due out during this period of time and so the time has now come.

11) The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

This won an award in Waterstones, and I’m hoping that I will mesh with it a bit better than I did Ink and Stars which won the same award and left me feeling confused.

12) Everless – Sara Holland

The concept of this book remains the most fascinating to me and so I need to get it in my life. My edition of this book is due to be with me during this time so I can just slot it in when I get it in my clutches.

13)  The Belles – Dohnielle Clayton

This is another book that is just mocking me on my bedroom floor looking all pretty and shit and so I am going to read it. Again, this is a book that intrigues me.

14) Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Look, let’s just get this over with shall we. Maybe not the correct attitude to take when trying to read a book, but the one I have nonetheless. Something about me and this book do not mesh well. Or at least we haven’t in the past.

15) Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen Degeneres

There has been no non-fiction on this list thus far which is a total contrast to the last one and so I am here to remedy that with this.

16) Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

I don’t really know how I feel about reading this book anymore, but nevertheless it feels like something that I am feeling compelled to read. So I’m gonna do in prep for the second season of the show coming out.

17) Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

And here is another autobiography from someone who’s first one I very much enjoyed. I just enjoy Mindy Kaling.

18) The Defining Decade – Meg Jay

I’m reaching the middle point of being in my 20’s in every sense during the summer (like I’m going to reach being halfway through being 25 come July) so it feels like a fitting book to read for the time.

19) Lost Boy – Christina Henry

I remain optimistic about this book despite how I felt with the last book of hers that I read. And I’m interested as to how the story is going to be flipped and made super dark.

20) The Crucible – Arthur Miller

I’m gonna go in with this. I may regret it, but I’m gonna do it anyway.

21-23) Roxane Gay

I’m gonna treat this like a trilogy of sorts and read all 3 books that I have by Gay slated to read this year in one go. Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. But they will all be read.

24) The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur

And just like that, I’ve run out of poetry collections to read for the year (not strictly true, I have one on pre-order, but that’s not due until the last quarter of the year)

25) Runaways – Rainbow Rowell

And so we come to the last book on this long ass list. It’s a comic book. It’s Rainbow Rowell, I can’t see what’s not to like there.

And there it is. A somewhat lengthy breakdown of my reading list for this year and what shall be getting me through the summer months.

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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) 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…

Help.

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