Sunday, 14 January 2018

My 2018 Reading List

Ever since I was little I have had a love for reading, I would ask for new books all the time and in any spare minute I got I would be found reading. Plenty of times I would have my mum shouting at me to hurry up because we would be leaving the house but I'd just have to finish the chapter I was on (I hate leaving any book half way through) I would consume anything and everything. When I was at primary school and we had our weekly visits to the library I would secretly be bursting inside with excitement at what I could find next (while trying to pretend not that interest like all my friends). But often like many, as I grew up my reading lessened and life got in the way. Last year I had to commute to London and Surrey for 9 months and so the reading went up and I'd be dying to finish my day at placement or university lesson just so I could get on that train and continue reading. But when I graduated my reading disappeared again. However, this year I plan to read a lot again. I want to make time to read at least a chapter a day. Ideally I'd love to read 12 books this year. Not a lot at all but very achievable. So I've put together a blog post on a few of the books I want to read during the first half of this year.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
First on my list is The Couple Next Door. Now I have heard so much about this book and thrillers are my absolute favourite to delve into, I get so sucked in with all the twists and turns. They really are gripping. This story is about a couple that go to a dinner party that the couple next door are hosting. The host as asked for the baby to be left behind, it's nothing personal she just can't stand when the baby cries. The husband persuades the wife it'll be fine as after all they only live next door and so with reluctance they head next door armed with the baby monitor and the promise they will take turns to check on the baby every half an hour. The baby was fine when checked on last, but as the couple race to the room their is a deathly silence and their worst fears have happened. The baby has gone. Will they ever find out what happened. I mean lets be honest we all have a feeling who the culprits might be, but with these kinds of stories their is always a massive twist and I can't wait to find out what it is!

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophia Kinsella
A complete polar opposite to the above, but I haven't read which is known as an 'easy' book in ages. That's not to say its worse than the other, an easy book is just one that makes you feel peaceful and it's all lighthearted. I love those as I feel you can just read and read and forget about the time. This tells the tale of a girl who lives in London, has a glamorous job and super cool instagram feed (sounds like the life many of us dream of) However, all is not as it seems and it talks about the behind the scenes of her instagram and how actually it's not so perfect. I feel it's going to be quite hilarious and something that all us instagrammers and bloggers should read as a little escape, I can't wait to have a giggle and probably a few "yes so relatable" moments.
The Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Yes, I know this is essential a children's book, as I know many read it at school and while I read a lot I never read this series. So now the time has finally come after my friend Agnes has mentioned a few times I thought I'd do it. It's about a girl who lives among scholars at a college in oxford and has a animal daemon (not sure what that is just yet) However she has a destiny that has awaited her since birth and now that her friend is missing she must travel to place full of witch clans, armoured bears and stolen children. Now this isn't really my thing now days, but I can imagine younger me would have enjoyed it as I very much into my action/adventure books so I'll just have to channel my inner childhood for this book as I am not one to read one in a series and I'll have 2 others to read after (not yet purchased)

GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Now considering since the real birth of my blog in June (yes I know it shows I've blogged since 2013 I only ever really dabbled in it, but since really looking into it and diving into properly this year I state that June 2017 was really the start of me blogging) and so I've been all about trying to work hard and considering this book is all about a girl who dropped out of school and created the well known brand NastyGal I thought this would give me the big kick up the butt and inspire me through reading about her tales to work as hard as ever this year!
SweetBitter by Stephanie Danler
My sister I think read this while she was gallivanting in Australia last year and luckily bought it home with her. She mentioned that it is being turned into a tv series (so I know I have to read it). It's about a girl Tess who is 22, who has moved to New York and stumbles into a restaurant job we follow for a year as we see her experience the chaotic and privileged life of a back waiter, on and off duty. With two people alongside her, a young handsome bartender who she falls for and an older women who has murky, overpowering relationships with them both. We will see how these two relationships will be Tess's hardest lessons. It sounds like an interesting read and I can't wait to delve into it.

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
I've already her first book, The life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck and I loved it. I read it when I wasn't my happiest 2 years ago and it really put things into perspective and so when I saw this came out I knew I had to get it. Although I have seen a third is out called You Do You so I'm sure I'll be purchasing that too. But anyway, this book is for anyone who wants to do just as it says on the front cover. It talks about all the f*cks you should and need to help you leave your day job and travel the world and balancing work and fun which is all things we'd all love to do. It even helps you save money or get that get up and go to go to happy hour ever day if that's what you really want to do! I'm excited about this, as I am so up for taking my blog to the next level and I feel this will be quite eye opening.

The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans
I have never actually read a book set in history. But this intrigued me. Mainly because it's a thriller so I think I can over look the time difference. This book is set in 1881 and starts with Pheobe Standbury standing in front of all her guests who have attended her engagement party, she is ready to join her husbands family and the polite society. But as she takes her fianćes hand someone steps out with a knife and stabs her to death. During the chaos that ascends the killer turns to the fianće and mouths "I promised I'd save you" Enough to suck you in right!? I just need to know why and who! I love a good thriller.

The Secret
I have read this before when I was lucky to find a copy online, but I feel to fully digest it and actually understand how to use the concept it needs to be digested a good few times. I have so many things I want to achieve this year and I want to channel the secret big time. Some people may think it's crazy, I know Sam did when I first tried to explain it all to him but I'm all for it. For those that haven't heard it's basically this power that we all have but many do not know about it and it's called the secret. Now if we learn to use it correctly we can channel so much happiness to every aspect of our lives - including relationships, health, money, anything we desire. It shares stories of many men and women who have used this power to create their world and bring joy to many aspects of their life. It really is powerful and eye opening and I recommend anyone to read it.

So these are what I'm starting with. Let me know if any of these interested. If you have read any and what you thought (no spoilers though!) and if you have any recommendations to what I need to add to my list please let me know! I want to read as many books as possible this year!


  1. Get your shit together and the couple next door are on my reading list too! I love discovering new books so thanks for your recommendations! xx

    1. Yes let's get reading so we can discuss them haha! You're welcome lovely xx

  2. Oh, I love reading. It's something I always hope to make time for. I so want to read My Not So Perfect Life as well. I hear great things!


    1. Me too, yeah I agree all of these books are actually on my bedside table and I have barely read them even after saying I will read at least 1-3 chapters a day xx

  3. Oooh these sound so good, I feel gripped already! Thanks so much for these recommendations, I need to get stuck back in to reading this year :D it's been too long haha! Love your blog! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like! :D)