Hello, how are you? I’m at work today but finishing for the year on Wednesday and really looking forward to having some time off. This’ll be my last post before Christmas too, so I thought now is as good a time as ever to share a goal I have with you for 2016 – to read more books. I’m jumping on the bandwagon of Circle of Pine’s the year in books, which Laura explains as:
“The aim of the Year in Books project is to read (at least) a book a month during 2015. It’s not a conventional book club, so we don’t all read the same book, the project is about trying to ensure that we make space for reading in our busy lives, and is a way for us all to discover more lovely books”.
12 books might not seem too tricky to some, but for me it feels like a big challenge – right now I simply don’t make enough time for reading books yet when I do, I love it. Reading for me is something I do when I get into bed; I normally manage about 5 pages before I zonk out. Next year I might try reading while dinner cooks, when I get home or when I (occasionally) have an evening bath.
I’ve split this post into three – books I read in 2015, my January book choice and a call for your book recommendations!
Books I read in 2015
I thought I’d also use this post to recap on some of the books I read this year; if you’re planning to read more in 2016 hopefully it’ll give you some ideas too!
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Here’s my review.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Loved, loved, loved this book!
- The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. I hate to say it, but I didn’t really enjoy it.
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. This just didn’t grab me, yet I know it’s been a huge success.
- The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins. Here’s my review.
- Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Here’s my review.
- The Humans by Matt Haig. Here’s my review.
I also got into listening to audio books, through Audible; that counts, right? It was at a time where I was traveling 6 hours on a train each week to Nottingham and given that I get quite travel sick, audio books were the best option for keeping myself entertained on those long journeys. Now I listen to them on my hour drive to work, alongside the occasional podcast.
My rule with audio books is to listen to ‘celebrity’ autobiographies – but of people I don’t really know much about. I also only listen if it’s narrated by the author, I can’t tell you how much it annoys me that Dawn French’s autobiography is read by Liza Tarbuck! For that reason I haven’t read it. So audio books –
- Caitlin Moran – How to be a Woman. Oh Caitlin, she had me in tears – so funny, so insightful.
- Chris Hadfield – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. I find Chris’ voice so soothing and having seen him in interviews I was keen to listen to this. He’s got a great outlook on life.
- Jennifer Saunders – Bonkers: My Life in Laughs. I feel like I should know more about Jennifer Saunders, but really didn’t. She’s a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
- Claire Balding – My Animals and Other Family. Another person who I a) don’t know a lot about and b) find her voice so soothing. Claire’s book was far more enjoyable than I thought it’d be; I actually cried in how she talked about the animals in her life.
- Richard Branson – Losing my Virginity. Currently reading this; been a bit stop start.
That accounts to 7 books and 4/5 audio books – not too bad and hopefully puts me in good stead to read more next year. I’m also determined to not let it become a chore, I want it to be something enjoyable and I know I’ll get a lot from reading more books – it’s a great way to relax after a busy day and I love that feeling of getting lost in a story, like I did with Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
The plan for next year and my January book choice
My plan is to post once a month about the book I’ve read the previously month, alongside an introduction to the next book I’m reading. January’s book is going to be… #GIRLBOSS – a book I was given at Christmas last year and is well overdue a read.
Oops, both #GIRLBOSS and Mary Poppins were on my list to read this year.
Book recommendations and ideas
Do you have any book recommendations? Please share; I’ve been bookmarking books to read blog posts for a while now, but I’d love your ideas. The year in books hashtag on Instagram is also full of great ideas of books I’d never even heard of, which really excites me.
Other books I want to read include:
- The complete Mary Poppins – this is actually a few books, so it may count as more than one – undecided on that.
- The BFG – I read and loved it as a child and with the film coming out next year, I may revisit it.
- Completing the Millennium Trilogy. I love Nordic Noir stories and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been hooked, so it’d be good to finish the collection.
- All the Light we Cannot See. One on my Christmas list!
- Us by David Nicholls, because I loved One Day.
- Spectacles, Sue Perkins’ memoir, because she’s fantastic.
Finally, I’ve also volunteered for World Book Night. I should hopefully know in February if my application has been successful; if so I’ll be giving out books to the community on the 23rd April 2016.
Phew – long post, thank you for reading.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas; don’t forget you can catch all my latest goings on over the festive break over on my Instagram page. See you in the new year!