Friday 8 January 2016

5 books to read in 2016

This year I have set my reading target at 20 books. This is less than half of the books I read last year, but I have set a lower target so that I can do other things rather than worrying that I won’t complete my goal. I can focus more on my schoolwork, my exams, my blog and my novel. 
Obviously I will still be reading a lot (I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t), it just means that I can enjoy reading more without the added pressure.

So although I’m planning to read less books, I have got some books already on my 2016 TBR pile, and I thought I would share them with you guys:

1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousfzai with Patricia McCormick

I picked this up on the 30th December and I seriously can’t wait tot read it. I have been a fan of Malala ever since I heard for her. She’s so brave and inspiring. I am just so excited to read about it properly, rathe than from news stories caught every now and then or posts on social media that don’t go into detail about specific events.

2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

In the Easter holidays last year, I went to see the production of Wicked in the West End and oh my word it’s amazing!!! I fell in love with the way the characters were portrayed, the symbolism and foreshadowing that was thrown in pretty much constantly and I kind of became obsessed with the soundtrack. Even now I am singing along to it while writing blog posts or doing chores around the house. The show was so good that I knew I had to read the book. I picked it up in the October half term and haven’t had chance to read it yet, so it’ll have to be a job for 2016.

3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

In December, the BBC started to air a series called Dickensian, in which all of Charles Dickens’ characters are in the same place and are all part of the same story. Someone I know described it as “a Victorian Eastenders”, and that’s precisely what it is.

I know some Dickens characters well, but that’s down to TV programmes, films and musicals, rather than my having actually read the books. I have been recommended Great Expectations a few times and I am intrigued by the characters in Dickensian that I know to feature in it, so I plan to read it in the coming year.

4. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

I am such a fan of Cecelia Ahern’s work. I love the way her characters come to life and the imagination put behind her stories. However, I have only read a fraction of her books. She has so many I want to read but simply haven’t gotten round to reading yet. One of her books I’ve had on my shelf but never read is P.S. I Love You, possibly her most famous novel. It needs to be read after sitting there for so long.

5. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I have been listening to the radio play of this with my dad for the past few days and I love it! However, the radio play version is abridged and I haven’t reached the end yet. I have missed certain bits of it and want to catch up properly, with all the details of the book. As I haven’t found out who the killer is yet, it’ll be better for me to read the book spoiler free.


What are you planning to read this year? Have you set a reading target for 2016?

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