Before I updated to this blogging platform in the last few months, I used to blog over on blogger.com. Since changing (which I LOVE btw) I lost all my old posts, one of which being my New Years Resolutions post. One of my NY resolutions this year was to read 20 books, which may not seem that many but with everything else in life it can sometimes be tricky to find a spare half hour to go and get stuck into that new book. So, I set my bar at 20 which is still proving a little bit of a challenge!
Now, rest assured, the bookshelf is looking fruitful. Infact, it looks insane. There are so many psychological thrillers, gripping dramas and even a few non fiction books up there currently that I can’t wait to share with you. So, as I sit in front of my bookshelf with all of you, lets find out how many books i’ve actually gotten through so far and what is still to come.
Loved, Liked or Finished
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gale Honeyman. I wasn’t a massive fan of this book. I think, maybe, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It was all a little strange and though it turned out to be very deep and explored some really complex themes, I just didn’t particularly get along with the way it was written. Although, even though it wasn’t for me I have a feeling its a book that a lot of people would really get into and enjoy!
- I Temporarily Do- Ellie Cahill. This one was one of my favourites so far! It was a super easy, funny and girlie romcom! If you love a girlie story then definitely give this one a go. Its the perfect holiday book for something that requires little concentration. Winner.
- Carve the Mark- Veronica Roth. Ok, so i’ve always been a sucker for a dystopian fantasy book- especially a teen one. It really brings out my inner geek. This was great and really original, I love that it was building this complete new world in my brain within the story. If you love The Hunger Games, the Divergent series and more like these, then this is one to put on your reading list.
- I See You- Clare Mackintosh. The first of the psychological grippers! This book was AMAZING! I was completely gripped right from the second page and I think I read it in about 48 hours. Yep, it was that addictive. A little creepy and really unpredictable, full of twists right to the last page!
- One of us is Lying- Karen M McManus. Another young adult fiction book that I picked up in WH smiths. I thought the book was a little predictable but it was still a really enjoyable read and I loved the characters and how their personal storylines developed throughout the book.
- Letters to the Lost- Brigid Kemmerer. This was a good little book. I loved the style of writing and i’m a massive sucker for anything in the Zoella Book Club (no shame at all). Again, I finished this book pretty quickly because I just loved how it flowed and how the story developed.
- The One Memory of Flora Banks- Emily Barr. I didn’t massively enjoy the way this was written but I did love the concept. The plot follows Flora Banks who suffers with memory loss, so a lot of the book is repeating things over and over as it is written from her point of view. So I did love the concept but I didn’t enjoy the style.
- Before I go to sleep- S. J. Watson. This is a great book! A little bit creepy, so if you like that kind of thing then this is definitely for you. A really good twist and great story line to follow. It has also been made into a film which is so good!
- Dear Stranger- Mind. This is incredible. I just love how everyone has come together to write letters for this book in aid of a brilliant cause. Pick this one up if you can because its full of happiness.
- Close to home- Sara Hunter. This was so gripping! I was guessing all the way along but I still didn’t predict the ending! Not sure I LOVED the ending but the whole book was great! I will definitely be buying her next instalment!
Books started but didn’t finish
I hate to admit it, but there were some books that I purchased this year and I just could not get into them. It’s all down to personal taste, and these books just weren’t my cup of tea. However, maybe they will be perfect for you!
- The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord. I was really hoping to like this as I usually love the books from the Zoella book club, like I mentioned earlier. However, I just couldn’t get on with this story line and I wasn’t enjoying the main character very much which was a massive put off.
- It only Happens in the Movies- Holly Bourne. Again, this was a character problem. With young adult fiction books I really like to relate to the main character, however, in this book I just felt as if I had nothing in common with the main characters and it was a little cringe for me.
On the current reading list…
- Dark Places- Gillian Flynn. Ive just started this book last week and it is AMAZING! Im so gripped and kind of freaked out. I bought Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Flynn and my sister is absolutely loving Sharp Objects, so I can’t wait to get my hands on that!
- Alan Sugars Autobiography. My mum mentioned that she had read this book a while back and really enjoyed it, so when I saw it in WH smiths I picked it up. I’ve not yet started it, but i’m looking forward to this one.
- Die Again- Tess Gerritsen. A book from our family book club that Rob read and passed straight to me once he had finished. I’m looking forward to this one since he enjoyed it so much and said it was full of twists.
SO here we have it, i’m not doing amazing on my numbers for the NYR at the moment but I still have faith- as George Michael once said ‘you gotta have faith faith faith’… If you have any great book recommendations, I’d love to hear them!