I have always loved to read; Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton when I was small and Stephen King when I was, what I though, a totally grown up teen (usually scared to move when I turned the light off)!
Over the last few years I have let my reading slip and haven’t read as much as I would like. I was in a reading group at the local library and thoroughly enjoyed it, as I read books that I would never have even looked at before, and also met and enjoyed the company of people which I would probably have never came across either. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to go to it for a good few months now, but I really am going to put the effort in to starting back next month!
Anyhow, after my rambling here are a list of a few books which I have read already this year and a list of other ones which I want to read over the year. Making this list I have discovered that this could be a year of re-reads. Most of the books that I am planning on re-reading I have come by by chance, so have took that as a sign that they are to be read again. (I buy most of my books from charity shops or look out for them on Amazon at 1p).
So, to start, here are the books that I have already read this year (not as many as I had hoped, but it’s a start).
I enjoyed each of the books for different reasons. The Last Minute by Eleanor Updale is a quick read and when you get to the end of each chapter it just makes you want to read on. I am not fast reader but if you have a spare afternoon I think you could finish this book in one sitting!
The Thread by Victoria Hislop is so beautifully written, when reading it you could be sitting on the sea front in the Greek town with the sound of waves in your ears and the feel of warm sun on your face. This book is about the Second World War and how it effected the whole, of what was at the start a small village, to after the war was over. A absolutely stunning read.
ABC Murders – Agatha Christie, need I say more. I love Agatha Christie and had this book read over about 3 nights.
I adore Tudor history and could read about it forever (and there possibly would be enough books out there about it to do just that). Bess was a formidable lady during Queen Elizabeth I reign. She came from practically nothing, to being the richest women in England (bar the queen). A fascinating ensight into a truly amazing lady’s life.
And now to my list of what is to be read over the however many number of months it takes me (I did say I was slow reader).
A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Hare with Amber Eyes are top of my re-read list, along with The Book Thief and The Poisonwood Bible. And of course another Tudor book, The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser.
There are also loads of new books which I’m including on the list, these include –
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
- Burnt Shadow – Kamila Shamsie
- The Travelling Hornplayer – Barbara Trapido
- Death Comes to Pemberley – PD James
As you an see my nights and weekends are going to be pretty fully for the next while. I will give you an update as and when I get the books finished.
Also please let me know what books you enjoy and you tend to go back to over and over again, and also if you have any recommendation on new books feel free to leave a comment, and I will check them out.
See you soon xx