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: Holiday Choices, How to Stop Time – Matt Haig & The Beautiful Dead – Belinda Bauer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.