Another year another book challenge done and dusted.
Every year I set myself the challenge to read as many books as I can, I usually aim for fifty though I’m yet to actually reach that amount!
This year I managed 29 which I’m fairly happy with. I do the challenge for the obvious reason that I love reading, but it is also because I can be super competitive; I’m terrible at sports so I think this is my way to substitute for that.
Instead of giving you a review of every book I read I thought I’d keep it brief and just tell you the highlights.
First book I read: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which was given to me by a friend for Christmas last year. She insisted I read it because of the beautiful language and descriptive imagery.
Last book I read: Was just before I handed up my final assignments at the end of Semester 1. It was Bridget Jones Mad about The Boy by Helen Fielding. This was the perfect lighthearted book to get me through all the college stress.
My new favourite author: Would have to be Khaled Hosseini who wrote the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. His books literally took up my whole life and I became so invested in the characters and their stories.
Book that took the longest to read:For me it was Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. It’s a story of a young girl who runs away to Victorian London to work in the theatre with a woman she’s fallen in love with. It might have something to do with that I wasn’t that excited when starting the book but this book dragged for me.
Book that I would recommend: There’s a few I would highly urge you to read if your stuck for a book. If you’re looking for a new series to start, try The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson, it’s phenomenal. If you want to learn a bit of history give the children’s book The Making of Mollie by Ann Carey which is set in 1916 Ireland a shot. Other books I loved were Beside Myself written by Ann Morgan, US by David Nicholls and finally The Thing Around Your Neck by the author of We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
What I want to read in 2017: I’ve wanted to read Holding by Graham Norton since I heard he’s brought out a fiction novel. I’m enjoying comedian books lately so Amy Schumer’s book, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo (great name) is one I want to read. I love Jodi Picoult (am I the only one who struggles to pronounce her last name?) and she’s released a new novel called Small Great Things which I will be reading once I get my hands on it.
I’m expecting to receive books this Christmas (as I’m writing this, it’s only December 20th), so hopefully that will set 2017 reading off to a good start.
I hope you had a lovely Christmas, however you spent it 🙂