Before I get to my reading list and, as it’s the start of a new year, I wanted to share some, not resolutions per se, but things that I’d like to happen to my blog/me as a blogger this year. I know everyone in the blogging world is doing these posts but I like to have my goals documented so I can look back at them over the course of the year so I know how I’m doin’ and all that.
- To be self-hosted by summer (and to figure out how an earth to do that!) Any tips would be greatly appreciated!)
- To have built up good blogging habits to make becoming self-hosted worthwhile. I’m still in the early stages of actually posting regularly (regularly for me anyway) so my new habit of sticking to a schedule and being organised is still very fragile.
- To join in with a few blogger chats on Twitter. I’ve been properly psyched up to do this for a while but I always forget and when I finally remember they’re happening, they’re over. D’oh. Which ones would everyone recommend?
- To post regularly. I know this is about the 192747th time I’ve said this but I will post on the same days every week and not miss any (okay many) days!
- Go to a blogger event. This is another thing I’m totally clueless about. I’m going to have to sit down one day and research the different kind of events, where they are, and when they’re taking place.
Confession time: I didn’t read all of the books on my 2015 reading list (but I read ones that weren’t on the list so it’s totally fine…). As I failed to complete the list, have since found some new books I want to read, and as it could become a little tradition I have now done a 2016 reading list, which I’m actually going to stick to this year (No, really, I am!).
- Eat, Pray, Love- Elizabeth Gilbert: At 32 Elizabeth Gilbert seemed to have a pretty nice life but she was unhappy, so she divorced her husband and went on a round the world trip in search of happiness. Everyone with a severe case of Wanderlust needs to read it, right?
- On the Road- Jack Kerouac: This book follows the narrator, Sal Paradise, as he takes the reader on a journey across the USA. I want to read it because I want to re-live my American road trip.
- The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern: Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) suddenly appears one night and it’s certainly not your average circus; it’s only open from sunset to sunrise and there is something dark about it. I read a review of this on a blog (I don’t remember which but I wish I could) a few weeks ago and it sounded so good I couldn’t not put it on my reading list this year.
- The Hunger Games Trilogy- Suzanne Collins: Set in the fictional universe of Panem in which, every year, children from each district are picked to compete to the death in the Hunger Games. I got these a couple of Christmases ago and haven’t gotten around to reading them. I was going to start a while ago but I wanted to watch all of the films first, so now I’ve seen all of the films I can start to read them.
- Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen: *whispers* because I’ve never actually read it…
- Love with a chance of drowning- Torre DeRoche: She has a terrible fear of water but then she meets a man who has a humble little boat and a dream of travelling the world. She faces a tough dilemma but, ultimately, the love she feels for this man leads her to give up her city life and join him. It’s another travel book (I’m sensing a theme here, are you?) and it’s a romance book (which I’m not all too keen on) but many reviews have said it doesn’t seem like you’re reading a soppy romantic novel so I’m going to give it a go. Also, it’s set in some great places so it sounds like a winner.
- Crazy Love You- Lisa Unger: Ian and his best friend, Priss, move to New York City in an attempt to escape their troubled childhoods. Ian manages this but Priss doesn’t and Ian is growing tired of that. Ian then meets Megan but Priss doesn’t like change- it makes her angry- and when Priss is angry bad things start to happen. This is a recommendation from my mum. It’s set in New York and when my mum was telling me about it she was telling me about places in the city that I’d recently visited so I just had to read it. It also sounds like a book that’s right up my street so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
- The Best of Me- Nicholas Sparks: Dawson and Amanda are complete opposites but, as teenagers, they fall in love but are torn apart. Years later they meet again at a friend’s funeral and, from what I can gather, the story follows them as they attempt to reconcile. A girl I met in America last summer gave me this book as she’d already read it and I was staying longer than her, however, I never got round to reading it but couldn’t bring myself to leave it in a hotel. I brought it back to England and it’s just sitting on my bookshelf so I’ll thought I’d add it to the list. I know I just said I don’t really do romance but I’ll give it a go anyway as I’ve heard good things about Sparks.
- The Cuckoo’s Calling -Robert Galbraith: The main character is an army veteran, with a troubled past, who ends up being a private detective. One of his jobs is to investigate the death of a famous supermodel who has fallen/been pushed off a balcony. On my 2015 reading list I wrote that although I love J.K. Rowling as a person and I loved the Harry Potter series as most people my age did but I have to admit I didn’t enjoy The Casual Vacancy. I decided to give this a go but every time I thought about how much I didn’t like The Casual Vacancy it put me off this but this year I’m going to read it.
- The Winds of Winter- George R.R. Martin: Maybe if enough of us put it on our reading lists it might magically be finished and published soon. Keep your fingers crossed guys.
What books are on your reading list this year? Also, does anyone have any recommendations so I can add to my list? Let me know in the comments!
Happy New Year, and happy reading! 🙂