My Holiday Season TBR!

I don’t tend to get a lot of reading done around the holiday season- it’s busy! There’s cleaning, cooking, decorating and general panicked shopping to be done while family is swarms the house. Plus, I’m a themed reader. I want my reads to have that vibe about how I generally feel about the holidays. I also don’t want anything to dark and heavy since SAD is in full effect these days. So these are the few books that pass the test…

I recently read And Then There Were None and now I really want to get to Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I find that cosy crime is better for the colder months and more realistic crime are Summer holiday reads. Plus, I got this for Christmas last year so it’s about time I get to it!

From my 18 books I wanted to read in 2018 list, there are a few left that I’d like to get around to as the year winds down. I have Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen in audiobook format which is super convenient for making cleaning/ decorating/ wrapping much less boring.

I also have my two non-fiction picks; Coming Out Under Fire by Allan Bérubé and Please Take Me Home: The Story of the Rescue Cat by Clare Campbell. I don’t think I’ll get both finished because I read non-fiction very slowly but I’ve started both and should be able to get a good chunk read. They’re fascinating!

And lastly, The Faber Book of Christmas is a gorgeous anthology I’ll probably dip in and out of for a Christmassy boost when I need it. I love having a collection that I can read bits from in the quiet moments of the festivities.

What will you be reading this Holiday Season?
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2017 in Reading!

In 2017 I read 59 books, and according to Goodreads, that figured out at 17978 pages. Not half bad! I didn’t manage my goal of 80 books but I read some really good books last year. The biggest change in my reading has actually been a format change! 2017 was the year of the audiobook with 22 of the books I read being listened to. In fact, my top three books this year were all read via audiobook! And all classics… Who am I?!

I rated 13 books as 
I rated 19 books as 
I rated 11 books as 
I rated 13 books as 
And 3 books as 

While I definitely had more one-star books than ever, I also had two reads that made it to my six-star shelf on Goodreads that I save for my absolute ultimate favourites and that’s pretty neat. And my top three…



Third place goes to… Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

It’s strange that this found its way onto my top three because when I first read it, I gave it four stars. But over the year I haven’t been able to get this book out of my head. I’ve still not finished my review because my thoughts on it are so hard to pin down. All I know is that I loved it and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to re-read a book so much, despite having some problems with it.


Second place goes to… Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
I’ve got many a strange look after telling people that one of my new favourite books is Lolita but it is. It’s massively misunderstood and I think more people would really like it if they gave it a chance. But hey, all I know is that I really enjoyed it and I actually think I’ll re-read this one too. Not something I do often!

My favourite book in 2017 was… The Tenant of Wildfell by Anne Brontë!
I read a book by each Brontë last year for the first time. I didn’t like Jane Eyre, I liked Wuthering Heights, but The Tenant of Wildfell filled my lil’ Feminist heart with joy. A woman taking her son out of an abusive situation at a time when everything she owned legally belonged to her husband? I love Anne, and I love this book. 

                                                        What was your favourite read from 2017?
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My Reading Goals for 2018!

I love setting reading goals for a new year. Even if we’re twenty days in, but it’s actually my birthday today so it’s like a new year all over again for me! I start a new Goodreads shelf on this day anyway, to track what I’m reading at what age. The shelf of everything I read when I was 20 is vastly different to the shelf of what I read at 23!



1. Keep Replacing!
Last year I unhauled 20 books which, for me, is incredible. Part of the way my OCD manifests is in slight hoarding so getting rid of anything is hard. Getting rid of things that I have read in my childhood, or haven’t read, really bothers me. But. I’m working on that and the motivation of only buying one book for ten I unhaul works. Plus, I want seven 2018 releases so…

2. Bigger and Better!
I want to read some chunky books. For me, big books are any over 400 pages but this year I’m looking at some 500+ page beauties. Maybe even 600+ pages. Who knows! I just feel like challenging myself to stick with a book for a good long time.

3. Read all of my 18 Books I want to Read in 2018 list!
My Goodreads goal is set to 18 this year after failing my first attempt at a challenging number last year, but in my mind, it’s these 18. I really think I covered classics, non-fiction, new releases and starting and finishing series well.

4. Diversify!
I don’t really read diversely. I do read mostly women but last year I only read two books written by a POC, and four that had LGBTQIA+ characters. That’s pretty garbage! So in 2018, I want to diversify my reading more. I definitely want to read more books with characters that are LGBTQIA+. Hit me up if you have any recommendations!

5. Thread them all on Twitter!
I’ve seen a few of these threads over the last year and I was envious of those who had them for their 2017 reads. So I started my own. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to see trends and patterns at the end of the year with it all written out linearly.

What are your reading goals for this year?
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My 5 Reading Goals for 2017: One Year On!

A year ago, I posted up the 5 Reading Goals I had for 2017 in all my fresh new year enthusiasm! And 6 months ago, I had a little review of them because I like to check in with myself with goals or I’ll completely forget them until the end of the year. And now, my final review, with a little haul as I only bought 2 books this year as one of my goals! Well, 2 and a bit…

My 5 Reading Goals for 2017: One Year On!

1. Stop delaying.
2017 was the year I read what I want to read when I want to read it. And I think this one was a major success! I’ve read so many books that have been sat on my shelves for years, and I’ve really started to enjoy types of books that I’ve always thought I didn’t! It’s been really interesting.

2. Goodbye comfort zone.

Classics, non-fiction and longer books were on the list for 2017 and classics was a slam-dunk! I read 15 classics, mainly through audiobooks and I loved exploring these books. I didn’t always like all of them, but I never finished a classic and felt like the time was wasted. I also read 5 non-fiction memoir type books, but longer books remain my nemesis for another year.

3. Read a book in German.

Afraid not! I finished my German module and I’m afraid that I still don’t feel confident enough to try this. Language learning isn’t my strength and I really struggle with it. 

4. Replace.

I wanted to curate my bookshelves to reflect myself more accurately in 2017. I wanted to take away the bad, the old, the unread, so that the books I love could shine clearer! I pushed myself to do this by making a numerical challenge, ten books out and one book in. I unhauled 20 books (here and here) and I only bought 2. I’m happier with the way my shelves are looking. And as for the books I bought…

Magisterium: The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris. Anne Boleyn: A Kings Obsession by Alison Weir and Yesterday by Felicia Yap.

My mini-haul is Magisterium: The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (which has disappeared so Day Shift is filling in). Both of which I also read this year. And I also bought hardcover copies of two books that I had proofs of; Anne Boleyn: A Kings Obsession by Alison Weir and Yesterday by Felicia Yap.
Obviously, I don’t count my required reading books but you can see those here!

5. Read 80 books.

Well, lesson learned! I don’t do well with these kinds of challenges. I ended up reading 59 books in 2017, which is still more than I read in 2014 and only two less than 2016. But not the 80 I read in 2015 and while I didn’t let it pressure me, it was a little disappointing when I realised I wasn’t going to make it. Never again!

Did you make any reading goals last year? How did you do?
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My Hallowreadathon Wrap-Up!

Another year, another Hallowreadathon over! It’s always really lovely to see people getting their spooky reading on, and this year was no exception. It’s hard for me to believe that this was my fourth year hosting my little readathon! Next year it’ll be half a decade of spooks. But what about my reading, eh?

A pile of pumpkins next two two books: Poison City by Paul Crilley and Dracula by Bram Stoker

Poison City by Paul Crilley
As the readathon approached, I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick up Poison City or Carrie by Stephen King from my TBR pile. But Poison City won out, mainly because I’ve read Carrie before and I find re-reads to be a little slower for me. I really enjoyed this, I didn’t quite finish it but it’s so much fun and I can’t wait for the next book. It’s a similar type of thing as the Ben Aaronovitch books I’ve dabbled with in the past, but the world feels more- real. I loved it, and it ended up having ghosts in at as well as a red cover!

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Oh boy. I don’t know why I thought I could finish a 20-hour audiobook in 48 hours. Even on 1.25x speed, I didn’t even get through half! But even a little Dracula was a relief to me, as I’ve not really been enjoying the gothic horror classics that I’ve been reading lately. Frankenstein? Didn’t like it. My Jekyll and Dr Hyde? Hated it. Dracula? Loving it so far. Finally, an actual scare with a red cover.

So I didn’t complete the challenge of finishing two books, but I’m still really happy with the reading I did and the spooks that came with it! If you want to see a more successful Hallowreadathon Wrap-up, check out Freya, who did great!

What did you read over Halloween? Have you read either of my picks?
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Books I Read in September!

September was a good reading month! I feel like I hit a good balance of contemporary and classics, literary reads and genre, and I actually sailed through all of the books I ‘read’-read with some cute foster kittens on my lap so that’s always a win. So here’s what I read and what I thought of them…

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
I’ve been wanting to re-read this series for a while. Well, years actually. But I’ve been actively thinking about it since last year, and I can tell because I took it to Northumberland and Munich!
The main character of this series is Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic, and the disability representation in this book actually really impressed me. The research that Deaver put in shines through, and Rhyme isn’t a cliché of a disabled person. There’s no angelic patience, he’s not there to teach an important lesson and he’s not pitied- or at least, when he is, he finds it really annoying. In fact; “It infuriated him when people talked to him through others, through healthy people.” Rhyme as a character feels real and it’s one of the reasons this series stands out to me. If you, like me, like reading academically styled journals on current literature; here’s a really interesting entry in the Disabled Studies Quarterly about this series that I found really interesting.
I love this book, I love the crime scene methods and the way the story unfolds so carefully. And I love that I am always surprised by the ending of this book, no matter how many times I read it. I always remember the ending wrong so I’m always remembering how I’m always surprised, as I’m surprised. It’s just really clever.
Jeffery Deaver is one of my most owned authors and a lovely guy, and yet I hadn’t read one of his books since last January! I’m so glad to be back on the bandwagon.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
It was Stephen Kings birthday in September, and I was already currently-reading a fair amount of books so I picked up my shortest King on my shelves. I could get my fix, then go back to what I was reading. Plus, I’d never actually read The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon before! It was all a new experience, made even cuter with having a foster kitten on my lap.
I enjoy survival books. Give me a girl lost in a forest, a group in the apocalypse, a man lost at sea, I’m there. But I expect spooks from Stephen King. I was a third into the book before I had even a hint of a spook. The spooks were quality, don’t get me wrong, they just came too late. Besides that, I did really enjoy it. It hit me right in that soft spot where she’s nine, there’s no GPS, nobody knows where she is and she’s all alone trying to survive.
I’m not a baseball fan, so that part just flew right over my head as well. If you have at least a little knowledge of baseball and you don’t mind a short book but a slow burn, you’ll probably enjoy this a lot!
How could anyone have such a cold and scary voice inside them? Such a traitor to the cause?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Look at me, getting all ahead of my required reading for university! I wanted to like this book so much. Mary Shelley is so highly thought of, she wrote it at 19 and basically created a genre. And I like science fiction- but in reality, I just didn’t enjoy Frankenstein. Hopefully, this changes once I study it but for now; I was dreadfully bored. The writing didn’t really blow me away and all of the characters points of view were identical, but more than that, so little of the book was actually action. It was a lot of sitting around being melancholy, and especially in audiobook form, I fell asleep more than once.
Also, I really disagree with that ol’ saying; “Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein is not the monster. Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is the monster.” For me, a monster is someone that goes around killing people. He’s literally a serial killer; having killed three or more people, taking place longer than a month with a break in-between them. I don’t know if that’s knowledge or wisdom, but it doesn’t make me sympathetic…
-for nothing contributes so much to tranquillise the mind as a steady purpose- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I really didn’t have a great time with classics this month! After adoring The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, I really wanted to go on and read another book by the sisters. And instead of starting Wuthering Heights like I probably should’ve since it’s one of my required reads, I read Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre and I don’t get on, I’m afraid. I have a lot of thoughts that I’m collecting up in a different blog post, but as far as a review? Eh. I think I’ve been spoiled by The Tenant of Wildfell Hall because I don’t find Jane as endearing, as feminist, or as good as other readers. For me, it reads more like a tale of a woman so mistreated in her youth that she ends up in an abusive relationship. I can’t understand the love story aspect. And boy, when Jane tells Mr Rochester about her dreams, that’s just boring.
I will say though, when Charlotte aims to spook, she spooks! Listening to the audiobook in the dead of night, I certainly had chills down my spine. I would’ve much prefered an all-out fearful tale, like the images of Cathy at the window in Wuthering Heights, or an all-out liberated woman like Helen in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. In the middle, Jane Eyre has my attention but not my affection.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”

Yuki Means Happiness by Alison Jean Lester*
I was first drawn to this book because of the unbelievably beautiful cover. And I wasn’t sure what I expected. I don’t read a lot of ‘literary’ type books so it was a new experience and one I enjoyed.
It feels very autobiographical for a story that isn’t, written from a first-person perspective looking back at memories. Honest, brutal, it completely benefits from having a relatable main character in a unrelatable experience. Although I’m not sure the vague blurb really prepared me for a story that is, at its core, about sexual assault and the effects on the main character further on in her life. If I was searching for books about that, I wouldn’t have found this. If I was avoiding books about that, I wouldn’t have known. I was doing neither but it can be quite a tough read anyway.
The writing though. This is a fairly short book at under 300 pages, with a larger than average font. It’s simplistic which makes it all the more powerful when it talks about such serious and complex topics. I sailed through it, and I’m going to have to return to this at a later date because I feel it could benefit from a second read when the character development, not the storyline, is my focus.
The nicest man in the world is still a man, and once you’re taught that men are circling sharks, you’re on the lookout for fins.


Have you read any of these? What did you think?
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Books I Read in January!

About half a month ago, we said goodbye to the first month of the year! And with it, the first month of my first numbered reading challenge. I actually ended on schedule which I’m really happy with because that quickly went caput with how busy February has been. Plus, I read a good mix of books. I even took up the challenge of one of my reading goals and stopped delaying when it came to reading Catch-22! So what did I read?

Books I Read in January!

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I actually got this for Christmas and forgot to pop it in my Under My Christmas Tree post because I had already moved it to my read-pile. It was actually my first book of the year, as early-morning-1st-of-January-Imogen started to panic about reading 80 books. It was short, to the point, and I read it aloud in a Skype call to a group of friends who were playing video games and not really paying attention. Except this managed to grab their attention because it was making some very powerful points.
The one thing that stopped this being a five-star read for me came with the line; “Women can have babies, men cannot.” That’s a really quick way to exclude trans-women and infertile women from your feminism. Obviously nobody can go into a huge amount of detail in a 48-page essay but that definition of women is just a little too exclusionary for me. I haven’t got around to her full 30 minute talk but I’m hoping for more detail.
-A man who would be intimidated by me is exactly the kind of man I would have no interest in.

A Young Doctor’s Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov
I’ve wanted to read this since I watched the TV show with Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm. I don’t read many translations or books from the 19-20th centuries. I also don’t think I’ve read any Russian literature. And I definitely haven’t read anything about the way people were treated medically in Russia in this era- although I have been listening to a really great podcast called Sawbones about medical history which gave me a vague idea- so this was completely new. I was a little nervous going in but I needn’t have been.
This reads unbelievably modern for something from 1925. I was expecting to have to ask Siri about a lot of words, especially medical jargon, but either the translation worked this out or Mikhail Bulgakov knew his future audience. Either way, amazing. I loved it. I was completely taken out of myself and thrown into the Russian countryside, the cold weather, the small hospital with all the patients and this poor, inexperienced doctor.
I’d say, and this is a rare occasion, try the show first. I think you’ll appreciate the source material more, and probably the show. The way they take the short stories, and the separate piece; ‘Morphine’ and work them together is really great. Plus, Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe.
“There’s great experience to be gained in the countryside,” I thought, falling asleep, “Only I have to read, read a lot… read…”

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Full review here!

Shakespeare’s Trollop by Charlaine Harris
I struggled with this one. As you might be able to tell from the title, the murder victim is the towns ‘trollop’- or, y’know, woman who isn’t ashamed to have lots of sex. On one hand, I can completely see where Charlaine Harris was going with it. The evolution of Lily’s character in the series has been ongoing and this fit in that arc. She’s a rape victim and the only way she has addressed this is to get very strong, take martial arts and she believes it’s a woman’s responsibility to protect herself. And I completely understand slut-shaming exists in the world, more-so in 2000 when this was published. But I didn’t want Lily to do it. I want her to be better. Even if she half changes her mind at the end, she still finds the moral of this half-change ‘beyond her’.
Judging it just as a book on it’s own, it’s just not as good as the rest of the series. Which is strange, because what leads is…

Shakespeare’s Counselor by Charlaine Harris
I feel like this book is the foremost of Charlaine Harris’s books. I’ve now finished every complete series that she’s written and this is right up there as one of my favourites! Lily starts to get help for her problems which is an incredibly healthy message after the last book. Her support group addresses victim-blaming and lots of positive stuff, all the while their counsellor is being stalked and people around her die.
I shut the book feeling like Lily was going to be okay, and I understood her better. I might not agree with her about rehabilitation not working for criminals, and I think women have a right to feel safe even though it’s a modern idea, but as a writer, Charlaine Harris made me understand and care for the character. And wrote a good mystery at the same time. I didn’t expect the ending. I’m off to dig out the Sookie Stackhouse novel that Lily features in and re-read her small part.
“No matter how much sympathy I have for you, it won’t heal you faster or slower. You’re not a victim of cosmic proportions. There are millions of us. That doesn’t make your personal struggle less.”

What did you read this month?
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Series Review: The Harper Connolly Mysteries by Charlaine Harris!

If there is one author who makes me sound like a broken record, it’s Charlaine Harris. I loved her Aurora Teagarden series, I loved her Sookie Stackhouse series, and unsurprisingly- I liked her Harper Connolly series. I reviewed the four books in the omnibus separately (1, 2, 3, 4), but I’ve finally put together my series review, where I tell you a few things I thought about the series as a whole.

The Harper Connolly Mysteries by Charlaine Harris!



Harper Connelly has always been unique: ever since she was struck by lightning she’s had the ability to locate the dead. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living – but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech.
She does what she can to put her unique ability to good use, with the aid of her step-brother Tolliver, but it’s not always easy. Her cases can be heart-wrenching, complex – and sometimes, if someone would rather the body wasn’t found, they can even even be dangerous…

The Premise
The premise was what originally drew me towards this series although, admittedly, Charlaine Harris could write a VHS manual and I’d want to read it. Harper is able to sense the dead, and when she finds them, she can see their final moments. I love a paranormal story that’s a little different and I’ve never read anything like that before. Plus, the living characters can be just as interesting in how the death affected them. As Harper points out; The dead could wait forever, but the living were always urgent.

The Romance
This is the part that I wasn’t as much of a fan of. It’s no secret that the romance in this series is, at best, semi-incestuous. You can write it however you want, but the majority of people are always going to find that a bit icky (a word borrowed from an interview Harris herself did about the couple), even if it’s ‘just’ step-siblings. I try not to judge but no thank you.

The Writing
This wasn’t Charlaine Harris’s usual. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a complete shake up, but it felt weaker. I loved that she took the opportunity to talk about some of Americas problems, while Harper faced serial killers, rapists and torturers along with the run-of-the-mill murderers. But the character development and the actual mysteries wasn’t up to her usual standard. I actually find it really interesting that this series was written a few years after the Lily Bard mysteries, which I’m currently reading. They both deal with dark subjects but Lily feels much more real- of course, she doesn’t see dead people so…

Overall, this was very much a three star series for me. Not bad by any means! Readable and fun. Just not the high level that I usually put Charlaine Harris at and I didn’t immediately want to jump into the next book. 

I couldn’t fathom people who longed for the past. They weren’t thinking about the absence of antibiotics, that was for sure.

Have you read this series? What did you think? 
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My 5 Reading Goals for 2017

I love the beginning of a new year and setting goals. There’s a lot of hope involved and I think we all need some of that right now. Since reading is a big part of my life, I wanted to have some reading goals that were separate from my general 2017 goals. And I wanted to leave them more vague and open-ended because I find them a little more inspiring, they can be taken different ways, and I’ve already been looking for different books to fit the challenge. So here are the 5 goals I have…

My 5 Reading Goals for 2017

1. Stop delaying.
When I first started reading again, after a long health-related slump, I looked at a lot of the books on my shelf that I wanted to read and decided to save them for later. I’ll read them later. I’ll get to them after some practice. I’ll read them once I get a grip on reading again. That mindset was a fair idea back then, but it stuck around. I still find myself putting off certain books that I know I want to read right now, books I’m ready for. I just finished my 200th book since starting reading again! I know how to read and it’s time for me to stop delaying. This year, I’m going to read what I want to read, when I want to read it.

2. Goodbye comfort zone.
A lot of the books I delayed are actually outside of my comfort zone which is where this goal comes from. I didn’t want to challenge myself too much back then, but now I’m looking at these books with a new perspective. I’m ready. So goodbye comfort zone and hello classics, non-fiction and even longer books. I’m not saying that I’m going to completely give up my cosy crime series, but it’s time for me to push the boat out and see how far I can get on open water.

3. Read a book in German.
And what is more out of your comfort zone than a book in a language you don’t speak, eh? I’m currently learning German and I’d like to read at least one book in the language this year. I’m thinking The Thief Lord, or Herr der Diebe by Cornelia Funke. I loved that book as a kid and since I have the English copy I can just flip between the two when I get confused. And, y’know, it was originally in German so extra points for that. This is probably a goal for later in 2017 though!

4. Replace.
Kind of borrowing from my 2017 goals with this one but I felt like it fit with my reading goals because I do want to link my book buying with, not only how many books I’m letting go of, but how many books I’m reading. My current thought is that I’ll bring in one book, for every ten that go out or read. Also, and this isn’t explicitly to do with reading but more the potential of reading. I have a lot of books on my Amazon wishlist and I’ve been doing Books I Want to Buy and Why posts about them for a while, that need a clearing up. Something has come over me in 2017, my tastes have changed and my shelves need to reflect that!

5. Read 80 books.
This is my first year making a Goodreads challenge that’s going to be an actual challenge. I managed 80 books in 2015 but not in 2016, so now I want to see if I can get back to that. I’m both excited and nervous about this, I want it to push me to read more but I don’t want it to stop me reading longer and more challenging books. We’ll see! After all, it’s just a challenge on a website. Not the end of the world.

What are your reading goals for 2017?
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6 Reading Goals for 2016: One Year On!

It has been exactly one year since I posted up my 6 reading goals that I had for 2016 (I love when that happens), and I thought before I put up my 7 for 2017, that I’d go over how I did last year. I did a how-I’m-doing at the 6 month mark but quite a bit has changed since then on some of these goals. Some I did good on, some I didn’t. Much like my 2017 life goals, my reading goals are going to get a shake-up this year because somethin’ ain’t workin’.



1. Read a couple Non-Fiction books! 
I read Green River Killer, a biographical graphic novel, Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon and Fredrick Nietzsche’s Aphorisms on Love and Hate. So I’m not counting this as a complete success, but I did alright. Strangely enough, so far in 2017 I’ve read a feminist essay, another biographical graphic novel and a semi-biographical set of short stories. Maybe 2017 will be the year of non-fiction. *knock on wood*

2. Read a book over 600 Pages!
Although I read it in audiobook form, American Gods by Neil Gaiman translates into 635 pages so I’m counting this one. Also, not a huge amount of books are 600+ pages! My copy of The Fellowship of the Ring is only 530. I’m counting this as a success but not one that was much enjoyed, American Gods wasn’t my jam.


3. Read a couple classics!

This is a recurring goal and a bit of a recurring failure for me. Although maybe less so this year? I read Dr Faustus by Christopher MarlowThe Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney (Antigone by Sophocles) although they were both required reading. And I’m counting The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien too. I’d like it to be a longer list next year though.

4. Get rid of some books!

Eh. Okay, not really. Although I have a new outlook in 2017 about replacing things I’ve grown out of and this definitely includes some of the books on my shelf. Some of the unhealthy-perspectives-teenage-girl-drama needs to go.

5. Complete some of the unfinished series on my shelf!

Not even close! Apart from finishing the Harper Connolly series in August, which I started in April, I didn’t finish a single series. Although, I did give up on a lot of series. It was time to finally admit that I’m never going to finish the Princess Diaries series, for example.

6. Read 16 books!

My number-loving heart is pleased with the 61 books I read. But, if I’m honest with myself, I’m a little sad that I didn’t do as well as I did in 2015 when I read 80. That’s why I made an honest-to-goodness Goodreads challenge this year. But more on that, on Friday when I’m talking about my 7 reading goals for 2017! 
Did you set reading goals for 2016? How did you do?

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