What Books Am I Reading This Year?

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What Books Am I Reading This Year

While I’m still churning out my propositions for 2017 after my yearly goals post, and the one about the cruelty-free make up brands I’ll be supporting this year, I thought that I would expand on one of those goals I made. To read 24 books.

I used to be an avid reader but I lost the passion at university when I was required to read three whole novels a week (which is completely unattainable in my opinion if you want to have any kind of social life AND we wouldn’t even discuss the whole book. Do you know how frustrating it is to make sure you get a book read and then ONLY discuss the beginning? Or when you have almost finished a book and you turn up to the lecture and the lecturer announces you are ONLY discussing the last two pages and the whole thing is ruined?) on top of wider reading (boring) and assignments.

Yes, I took an English degree but I didn’t think that taking a degree that allows me to indulge in one of my passions would mean that I never want to pick up a book again. Slight exaggeration there.

I remember hours and hours of reading in my childhood. I would connect with characters and become so involved that quite often I’d finish a book and cry because it’s ended. One of the many reasons I write is because I can finish the stories that I think could have had a better ending.

Now it’s turned into hours and hours of Netflix. And although it does help to cheer me up when I’m feeling down and since writing a film in my third year of uni, I am very interested in analysing storylines and character development, I still think I should read.

There are too many good books out there that I will never get to experience if I give up reading. And the more you read, the better your writing skills become. If I want to get that novel published one day, I need to have excellent written skills.

And there is so much to learn from books. I love fiction books but there is so much to gain from non-fiction, and I also want to make it a habit to start going to my local library again. The last time I borrowed something from there was three years ago! My library may be small and not that well-stocked, but it’s still got books. I want to give reading a chance this year.

To kick my butt into gear I set myself the goal of reading 24 books this year, which is two books a month. I’m yet to start January’s reading but I do really hope I can achieve this goal. To exceed it would be even better. I also asked for a few books for Christmas. I went into WHSmith and picked out some books from their charts and put them on my list. I’ve also updated my Goodreads account and I’d love you to follow along with me there.

Since this blog is about celebrating the things in life that make me happy and hopefully inspiring you to do the same, I’m thinking about sharing my passions a little bit more often. And I’d really like to start doing some book reviews. Today, I’m sharing the books that are first on my 2017 reading list.



By Marie Tourell Søderberg

I got this as a Christmas Eve present and I instantly recognised it from some of my favourite Instagrammer’s feeds. It sounds exactly like my thing since it’s about happiness. It’s a stunning looking book and I anticipate that I will learn so much from this.


By Aoife Clifford

I picked this book because the blurb doesn’t give much away. I love thrillers and the good ones keep me guessing right until the very end. It’s so boring when you can work out how it ends, don’t you agree?


By Christobel Kent

This book has been commented on by SJ Watson who wrote Before I Go To Sleep, which by the way is the best book I have ever read and I urge you to read it too. I stayed up all hours trying to finish this and my heart was beating so fast. (FYI, don’t watch the movie, it’s terrible.) If this book is good enough for SJ Watson then it’s good enough for me.


By Susie Steiner

This is an Amazon best seller which I think says it all. I’m hoping it’s similar to Sister by Rosamund Lupton which left me deeply unsatisfied, but in a good way. The Sunday Express describe this book as having a “startling twist”. This book sounds gripping and I’m up for that.


By Paul Finch

If you’ve been clicking on the links, you’ll probably have worked out by now that I love dark fiction. Those are the most interesting stories and maybe the exhilaration I get from reading them is a mix of fear and adrenaline. I don’t enjoy traditional horror stories as they just freak me out, but I am always fascinated by stories about real life that have a terrifying element. I don’t expect any less from Strangers.

Reading 2017

There are many more books on my list; these are just the ones I currently have and the ones that I’m going to start with first. Do you have any you think I just have to read? Tell me about them!