52 Books

2018 is officially upon us! A new year brings a new resolution for me – read 52 books in a year! Can I do it? Will I do it? You will have to stay tuned to find out!

Upcoming Reads: My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst and Blandings by P.G Wodehouse

August

33. The Clocks – Agatha Christie >> A horologist’s dream.

32. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie >> Life lesson: be distrustful of strangers with islands.

31. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson >> Features a woman being scapegoated by the patriarchy.

30. The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson >> Features a little girl with a petrol bomb.

29. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo >> a fountain of terrible and dated love advice.

28. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson >> Features a lady with a dragon tattoo on her shoulder.

July

27. The Beautiful Dead – Belinda Bauer >> A serial killer and a career hungry journalist become BFFs.

26. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig >> Very little focus on clocks.

25. Jeremy Poldark – Winston Graham >> **WARNING** Doesn’t contain images of topless Aidan Turner.

24. Call Me by Your Name – Andre Aciman >> Could a summer fling turn into the love of both their lives?

23. The End of the Day – Claire North >> Have you ever wondered about the workload of the harbinger of Death? Wonder no more!

June

22. When I Hit You – Meena Kandasamy >> 1 poet’s attempt at expressing the realities of domestic abuse.

21. The Hogfather – Terry Pratchett >> The perfect Christmassy read for the middle of a heatwave.

20. The Call of the Weird – Louis Theroux >> Follow Louis’ journey into American subcultures, sans the protection of a film crew.

19. The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction – Jussi Hanhimaki >> A perfect little intro to an organisation that needs A LOT of improvement.

May

18. The Hollow – Agatha Christie >> If you ever see Hercule Poirot you should definitely run away. Or you might be murdered by a swimming pool.

17. Spectacles, A Memoir – Sue Perkins >> The history of the Bake Off presenter lady. No, not Mel. The other one.

16. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien >> Lord of the Rings-Lite.

April

15. World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks – Mark Daniels >> Little titbits of Mythology from all over the world (spoiler: its all pretty similar, humans are unoriginal).

14. The Help – Kathryn Stockett >> WHAT’S IN THE PIE?!

13. Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough – John J Ross >> Think Diagnosis Murder, but without any murdering and very little Dick Van Dyke.

March

12. The Machine Stops – E M Forster >> Black Mirror in tiny insightful book form.

11. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf >> Lots of people speak about a lighthouse, but never actually get there.

10. Black and British – David Olusoga >> For someone looking to expand their cultural understanding.

9. Women and Power – Mary Beard >> A pocket sized power anthem for women.

February

8. The Planet Remade – Oliver Morton >> How to solve global warming? If you have ever considered this, or in fact believe in this, a perfect book about geoengineering.

7. White Teeth – Zadie Smith >> A chronicle of sorts of culture in late 20th century Britain, immigrant life and the development of radicalism in youth.

6. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen >> Coming of age comedy about 5 sisters in search of that all important thing – an eligible bachelor.

5. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams >> Quirky off-the-wall Sci-Fi adventure. And the fight to make a machine to understand the significance of a proper cup of tea.

January

4. Golden Boy – Abigail Tarttelin >> Brilliant book to question gender identities.

3. Nation – Terry Pratchett >> A humourous castaway story for Young Adults from a favourite author.

2. The Sun and her Flowers – Rupi Kaur >> Stirring feminist poetry from this best selling poet.

1. The Spy Net – Henry Landau >> A historic read exploring the complexities of the British spy network during WWI.

The Resolution – Lord of the Rings: J R R Tolkein – Parts 2 & 3 >> See where it all began and I embarked upon this crazy idea. Also features hobbits, elves and lost kings.

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