Have you ever looked at your bookcase and realised that there are books on there that you never actually finished reading? I have. There are 19 books on my book shelf that I haven’t finished or even started reading! 19! So I have been thinking (Oh no, I hear you say!), I want to be able to read more books! I know it comes down to having the time, but that’s something that I have a lot of at the moment. So why not? Here’s my list of 8 books that are starting off my list for 2017.
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
This is a book that got a lot of attention last year, possibly because of the film adaptation*? And I have to be honest, I haven’t seen it. I’m one of those people who has to read the book before seeing the movie. I think reading a book is such a personal experience because you can make of it what you will. Growing up reading Harry Potter, I was able to imagine what Dumbledore looked and sounded like in my own head, before being forced by an actor this is what they should be. And I still feel the same now. For that reason, I will, repeat will, read the book before giving into the film.
The Penguin Lessons – Tom Michell
So anyone who knows me well will know my love of penguins. And when your in WHSmith at Heathrow airport about to leave your home country for good, you pick a book because the picture on the cover makes you feel all warm and happy inside. I know, I know, “never judge a book by it’s cover” but this was a time that I am guilty of doing that. I was also intrigued by the blurb. When ever I see that a book is based on a true story, I’m sold!
The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
I have Instagram to blame for this one. It’s been everywhere and talked about so much. A very lovely friend sent me this for Christmas (after me complaining to her that it wasn’t available in the US) and I am slowly getting through it and learning how to make my life more hyggelig. It’s a book detailing all the ways that Norwegians work to make their lives as cosy, and comfortable as possible. Bring on the candles, hot chocolate and cosy warm socks!
A Week In December – Sebastian Faulks
Sebastian Faulks is an author that I first found during my A-levels when I enjoyed reading Birdsong as part of my English Literature course. I loved his style and his ability to bring two stories together in such a skillful way. It was a serious page turner for me and I’m hoping he can do some of the same for me with A Week In December.
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
I have gone against everything I believe in with this one. I have to confess, I have seen the film. But not all of it. I have seen the middle 1/3. I haven’t seen how he ends up on the boat or how he eventually gets off of it. I have only seen a fight with a tiger in the middle of the ocean. So I am forgiving myself for this and giving the book a go.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
The first of the books on my list that I don’t yet own. It’s a book that intrigues me because of its imagination and creation of a different world which we all love getting lost it every once in a while. This is the first book in a short series so I am giving this one a go before I commit to the others as I know it’s primarily aimed at the tween/teen age. Finger’s crossed it isn’t a let down!
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)
This is another series of book that I was introduced to as a teenager by my high school English teacher. I have read the first two of the series but I never got round to the last. I feel I may have grown out of the idea of these books but there’s something inside me that is anxious that I have never finished them! I need to complete this series to settle an inner struggle of unfinished business!
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
Now I have read one of Jodi’s books before: My Sister’s Keeper. It was a book that I used in the classroom for the purpose of the showing emotional argument around the creation of “saviour siblings”. It is a very touching story with an important message behind it. For that reason, I really want to give another one of her books a try. Reading the online blurb I am taken with the premiss of the story and I am excited to read it.
The order the books are listed here doesn’t necessarily mean I am going to be reading them in this order, or one at a time for that matter! I am looking forward to the challenge I have set for myself and getting back to a hobby that I am passionate about! Hopefully I will be able to keep you guys updated on my reading escapades and possibly give you a bit more of an insight into the books that I enjoy or the ones that just plain old steal my heart.
Are there any books you recommend that I should add to my list? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Do you have any opinions on the books I have chosen?