Sunday, 10 February 2019

6 / 25 - Books I've Read So Far In 2019


It seems like everyone has caught the reading bug this year. My twitter was filled with new year's resolutions about wanting to read more and I was no different. In a bid to 'consume more culture' rather than spend hours scrolling through social media, I set myself a challenge to read 25 books this year. I'm actually also keeping tabs on Goodreads (which you can follow me here on if you fancy) which is where I get a lot of recommendations from people I follow.

I also joined the library this year, and where I have got most of these books from. I no longer have the space to house lots of books anymore, most of mine were packed in a box when I moved to London. Hence why the library is great. No, I can't get the latest book that is featuring on everyone's Instagrams, but I love looking around and picking up a book purely based on the description on the back. I tend to go for romantic comedies or period stories. Who knows, one day I may venture into crime or something equivalent, but these books have kept me in my own little bubble on my commute.

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

I usually always watch the film of a book first, but with this, although knowing a little about it as I had seen adverts and trailers from a few years ago, I liked not knowing the full story before and having a film to compare it to. Looking for her next book topic, writer Juliet receives a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey. Set in the aftermath of WW2, she travels to Guernsey and discovers a literary group who meet after their founding member disappears.

The book is written entirely in letters - a little different than your usual read and a really charming way of moving the story along. I did however find the introduction of characters a little hard to follow, but that also could be my quick reading style and a noisy reading environment.

It was lovely, heart-warming and basically everything I need a bit of escapism to be.

2. 1984 - George Orwell

This certainly did break the mould of the rest of the books on this list. I loved watching The Handmaids Tale and I think it's the sociologist in me that makes me really interested in dystopian society, but ones that could very easily become reality.

I was gripped by the story, I read it whenever I could and was instantly fascinated. In a world of 'fake news', I was especially intrigued about the way in which the "Party" looked to control the media and even the creation of new language to stop spreading wrong ideals.

I really would urge everyone to grab a copy and read it. I found it gripping and a worrying sign of what could become reality.

3. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simpson

This had been on my to read list for a little while, although I never picked it up. Don Tillman, socially challenged genetic professor looks to find a wife when he meets Rosie who goes against all the criteria he is looking for.

I loved the character of Rosie and how she slowly brought Don out of his shell. The ending was particularly charming, because who doesn't love a happy ending? I think there is also a sequel, so I'll be looking out for that soon.

4. Dear Mrs Bird - AJ Pearce

This was slightly along the same lines of the first book on this list. I think it must be my love of Call The Midwife and my nan lending me books about women in the war that made me pick this up.

Aspiring journalist Emmy finds herself working for a declining women's magazine, typing up agony aunt letters rather than being a war correspondent as she dreamed. I really liked the character of Emmy, and her best friend Bunty. With a few twists and turns in the backdrop of WW2, it was a sweet read.

5. Us - David Nicholls

This book was beautifully written, switching seemlessy between the past and present in a way that wasn't confusing. It was full of detail about Douglas and Connie's 25 year marriage and Doug's attempts to rekindle their marriage, and his relationship with his son as they go on a big holiday around Europe before their son Albie goes to University.

I really loved this book and even though the ending was a little unexpected, I felt happy with the way it was finished.

6. Becoming - Michelle Obama

This was one of my favourite Christmas presents and I've been keeping it as a book to read before I go to bed rather than take on my commute (also because it's quite heavy!). I absolutely loved reading about Michelle Obama's childhood, early career and her experiences of being the First Lady. She is so inspiring and it's a really great read.

I've got my next three books ready to go, which are Bridget Jones's Baby, Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland and The Cactus by Sarah Haywood which I'm looking forward to reading next.

Any book recommendations, please send them my way!




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  1. I think it's so interesting that you usually watch films before reading the novels; I feel like most people are the other way around! I try to read novels before watching the film. But I didn't know that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was originally a novel. I had seen the thumbnail for the film featured prominently on Netflix so I went ahead and watched it and loved it. It wasn't until a few weeks or months after watching it that I saw some of my Goodreads friends add the novel to their TBR. I requested it from the library and picked it up earlier this week! Excited to get into it since I enjoyed the film.

    I've never read 1984 but I've been meaning to read it for awhile. I know that that novel spiked in popularity recently due to the States' political climate.

    I haven't read Us but I have read One Day by David Nicholls! I enjoyed that one :)

    I don't usually buy books, but I bought a copy of Becoming because the library waitlist was too long. Buuuut I haven't gotten around to reading it yet! I've been caught up with finishing my current checkouts before their due, as well as finishing egalleys I've been sent to read and review! Looking forward to get into it though. I've mostly heard good things, and the few negatives I've heard were from people who don't usually enjoy memoirs/nonfiction anyway -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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