What I have read in 2017 so far 👏🏻

Dissertation Books-

SOOOOOOO many research books for my dissertation, I am not going to bore you with all the titles though. It is like 76 or something now and I think don’t want to bombard you with trauma and gender theory. everywordiknow.gifUniversity Books- (books read for my course.)

  • Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  • Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  • Close Range by Annie Proulx
  • The Road Cormac McCarthy
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban giphyFun books-
  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
  3. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

It makes me really really sad that I have only read five books for fun this year so far…ahhh…so annoying!

Do you have any book recommendations?? 

2017 Reading List

 

Books from my children’s Literature module that I am studying in 2017 and have to read- 

  1. J.R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
  2. Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
  3. Roald Dahl, Matilda
  4. Philip Pullman, Northern Lights 
  5. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  6. Lauren Child, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
  7. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Books from my American Literature module that I am studying in 2017 and have to read- 

  1. Cormac McCarthy, Child of God
  2. Dorothy Allison,Bastard Out of Carolina
  3. Sherman Alexie, The Lone-Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
  4. Annie Proulx,Close Range
  5. Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men   

Books I want to read in my spare time – 

(8 above)  (so far I have 11 book that I really want to read but I need more recommendations, please comment below…)  Obviously I have plenty of books on my TBR  list, I am just intrigued to see what you guys recommend)

  1. Paula Hawkins, Into the Water
  2. Victoria Aveyard, King’s Cage 
  3. Suzanne O’Sullivan, It’s All in Your Head
  4. Matt Haig, The Humans 
  5. Emma Cline, The Girls
  6. Bret Easton Ellis, Lunar Park  
  7. Bret Easton Ellis, The Rules of Attraction
  8. Sara Barnard,Beautiful Broken Things 
  9. Nicola Yoon, The Sun is also a Star 
  10. Nina LaCour, We Are Okay 
  11. Austin Wright, Tony and Susan 

Can I do it?

*Drumroll please*

At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself a reading challenge and if you have been reading my blog for a long time now, you know the ultimate number changed a few times...50/75/115/100… you get the idea.   

A few posts of mine about the reading challenge-

Nearly half way…

62 out of 100 reading challenge.

As you know, we don’t have very long left of 2016 and I am starting to panic a little bit because I  have only read 88 books this year. That means that I still have to read 12 more books to reach my goal of 100 books read in 2016. 

I need your help…please motivate me in the comments below with book suggestions/ books you have loved this year etc. JUST PLEASE MOTIVATE ME!! I REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL. 

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Nearly half way…

I am nearly half way through my Goodread reading challenge of 100 books for this year. Some of the books I’ve read are not on my yearly reading list, (I know it’s naughty but I cannot help myself 😜) 

So far I have read – 

  1. You before Me by JoJo Moyes 
  2. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner 
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 
  4. Paradise Lost by John Milton 
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab 
  6. Grief Is Thing with Feathers by Max Porter 
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabovok 
  8. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  10. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg 
  11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again) 
  12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
  13. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
  14. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 
  15. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!) 
  16. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again) 
  17. Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer 
  18. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire 
  19. The Lovely Bones (read again) 
  20. The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
  21. Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald 
  22. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  23. The Jugle by Upton Sinclair 
  24. Anthem by Ayn Rand 
  25. The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien 
  26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
  27. Room by Emma Donoghue 
  28. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy 
  29. Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭) 
  30. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff 
  31. After You by Jo Jo Moyes
  32. Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again) 
  33. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  34. The bees by Carol Anne Duffy 
  35. Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
  36. A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg 
  37. The Widow by Fiona Barton 
  38. The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt 
  39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again) 
  40. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 
  41. F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way

I didn’t realise that I was reading so many again, I just sometimes cannot resist picking up a beloved book of mine. 

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I want to read more and post more but my second year at University is getting on top of me-  I promise I will after my exams in May!!! 

  
(How I feel when I look at my books – them waiting for me to start reading them)  

Comment below if you have read any of them and your thoughts and even better-recommend books to me ☺️

MY 2016 READING LIST

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  4. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  6. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
  8. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  9. The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling
  10.  The Fallen and Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski
  11. Gone by Micheal Grant
  12. Fear by Michael Grant
  13. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  14. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  15. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  16. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  17. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  18. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  19. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  20. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  21. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  22. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
  23. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  24. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  25. Love Letter to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  26. Anne and the French Kiss by S.Perkins
  27. Lola and the Boy Next Door by S.Perkins
  28. Isla and the Happily Ever After by S.Perkins
  29. Hunger by Micheal Grant
  30. Plague by Micheal Grant
  31. To All the Boys I’ve loved by Jenny Han
  32. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  33. Massive by Julia Bell
  34. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
  35. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  36. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
  37. Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
  38. You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
  39. We Are Completely Besides by Karen Joy FowleI
  40. it’s Not Me It’s You by Delia Moss
  41. The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  42. Between by Jessica Warman
  43. Evermore by Alyson Noel
  44. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
  45. Shadow Land by Alyson Noel
  46. Dark Flame by Alyson Noel
  47. Night Star by Alyson Noel
  48. Everlasting by Alyson Noel
  49. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King
  50. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  51. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  52. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  53. Extra by Scott Westerfeld
  54. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  55. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  56. The Kill Order by James Dashner
  57. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  58. Just One Year  by Gayle Forman
  59. Just One Night by Gayle Forman
  60. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  61. Catch 22 Joseph Heller
  62. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  63. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  64. A Game of Thrones by George R.R.Martin
  65. A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  66. The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett
  67. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L.Armentrout
  68. The Impossible Knife of Memory by L Halse Anderson
  69. Fever 1973 by L Halse Anderson
  70. Wintergirls by L Halse Anderson
  71. Better of Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
  72. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  73. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  74. Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
  75. Beautiful Monster by Kate McCaffrey
  76. Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey
  77. Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught
  78. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  79. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  80. Trust me, I’m Lying’ by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Wuthering Heights!!!!!

Wuthering Heights 

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Amazon’s description (incase you do not know what this book is about)

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature


Although it makes me sad to see a book in this sort of condition, I guess it shows  how much I love it! I really do love this book and I feel like I cannot do it enough justice.  (However I purchased another copy but I will continue to love this one just as much.

This is  a beautiful albeit ferocious book that captivated my heart and soul.  I am a sucker for a good classic and really want to explore more of them. Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë that was published in 1847.   Below are a few quotes that I love!

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

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I cannot pinpoint the exact reason why I cherish this book so much; is it the characters? or the setting or both. Although it is solely a love story, I love that the novel represents the destruction of love. The passion between Catherine and Heathcliff’s seems to be the concrete center to which the narrative constructs and oh boy I just love it. Their passion oozes from the book and grabbed my eager attention, It was so compelling that it stayed with me after I finished the book.

Emily Brontë’s writing is  dkhakd jsfhaishkah! I find it extraordinary. See, I said I  cannot do it justice and that is because I feel like words are not enough to emphasize my love for this book.   I have read this book on a numerous of occasions and every time I can feel myself being sucked in by the writing, the book is full to the brim with magnificent quotes that make me stop and admire her writing, they are not only heartbreakingly beautiful but they are also thought-evoking.

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I hope everyone reads this book because it really is fascinating, once you dive into it and explore its themes, motif and many more exciting elements that make it soo captivating. I will be studying this book soon on my creativity, critique and literature module and I cannot contain my excitement.

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Join me in my love and admiration for this classic Gothic novel.

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