Every year I take part in the Good Reads Challenge. The idea is very simple: at the beginning of the year, you set a goal for the number of books you wish to read in that year. As you read, you tick the books off your list and you have the satisfaction of watching your “completion bar” fill up. Sadly, this year, I’m a little late to the game and forgot to set my challenge until half way through March…therefore my goal number is a bit lower than usual, but still what I think is a respectable 20 books.
When your goal is 20 books, you have to chose wisely to get the most out of your reading. I’m really excited because it means this year I’ll be able to focus on the books I really want to read! Thanks to The Works, I’ll be able to get my books at an excellent price! The Works are a great company to buy books from and I have used them for years – if you are a big reader like me, I highly recommend them, especially if you’re into trilogys and books sets, because you always end up with a really good price.
10 Books From My 2017 TBR
- Pretty Little Liars. This has been on my TBR list for years! Since the hit TV show was launched, PLL has sky rocketed in popularity. So much so that the book now features a new cover, different from the original. I’d be really interested in seeing the comparisons between the show based on the book and the book itself.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts 1 and 2. I pretty much grew up reading Harry Potter. Like many, I spent my tween/teenager years eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Harry’s story. When JK Rowling published the last book, I cried. When she announced these books, I cried again! I definitely look forward to getting tucked into these in 2017.
- The Maze Runner Series. Okay, so this is technically four books, but I will be very happy if I manage to get through the first instalment in the series this year. It’s another book that has been collecting metaphorical dust in my To Be Read list.
- The Book Thief. I love Young Adult books, but sometimes you need to sink yourself into something a bit grittier and immerse yourself in some real emotions and serious themes. I think The Book Thief is a gentle mix between the two. It’s narrated by death and there are obviously some important themes throughout, but equally, it’s not hardcore grit throughout. I’ve wanted to read this for a silly amount of time – probably about five years – so I’m really determined to get through it in 2017.
- Hide and Seek. I cant resist a bit of James Patterson. He’s such a fabulous writer and his novels always have you on the edge wanting more. This is one of his books that I’ve wanted to read for a little while now, so hopefully that will get ticked off this year.
- Is It Just Me? Miranda Hart is my spirit … woman. I would say animal, but that seemed a little rude! I love her, I think she’s hilarious and I relate to her on a whole bunch of topics that she talks about. I’ve not read any little teasers or reviews for this one, I just know straight away that I’m going to love it.
- Moab Is My Washpot. Stephen Fry’s autobiography. Need I say more? I actually did get half way through this once, many years ago, but for some reason, I never managed to finish it. It’s definitely on the list this year!
- The Unmumsy Mum. I, of course, couldn’t get through 2017 without celebrating a few parenting fails and funny moments with our very own blogging hero, The Unmumsy Mum. I read her sample that was released a few months back and found it hilarious – I’m hoping it’ll be the ultimate pick me up when I’m having a really bad parenting day.
- Rabbit Warren Peace. I actually came across this while browsing through The Works website. Since we have just got our new fur baby, it seems appropriate that we embrace bunny culture and hear a rabbity twist on a classic. Apparently it’s family friendly and fun for all ages, so I think it’ll be a real hit with Luke as well.
- Mary Berry Cook Now, Eat Later. Not really one of those books that you would read cover to cover, but it is still a book I’m keen to get my hands on! As mentioned in a recent post, I’ll be writing about my experiences in saving money, budgeting and relevant topics – just to make my life easier. This book is just full of yummy recipes that do just that – they make your life easier.
So there you have it. Five fiction and five non-fiction books that are currently on my 2017 “To Be Read” pile. I’m really hoping (I’m actually quite determined) to get through all of these as the year progresses and I’d love to know what books you’re hoping to read in 2017, what your favourite genres are and any recommendations you may have for me!
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