2018 in reading…

Yay! I read 97 books in 2018!

  1. An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire 
  2. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver 
  3. A Mighty Dawn (The Wanderer Chronicles #1) by Theodore Brun 
  4. Letters Home by Sylvia Plath 
  5. Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1: 1940-1956 by Sylvia Plath 
  6. The Sun Is Also a Star Nicola Yoon 
  7. Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark 
  8. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  9. Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson
  10. You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want by Sarah Knight
  11. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  12. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 
  13. The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan 
  14. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent 
  15. The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen 
  16. Everything Wrong with You is Beautiful by Tina Sederholm 
  17. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong 
  18. Burnings by Ocean Vuong 
  19. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen 
  20. The Suffragettes by various
  21. Equal Power: A Handbook for Men and Women by Jo Swinson 
  22. The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen 
  23. To Be Read At Dusk Charles Dickens 
  24. Places I Stopped on the Way Home: A Memoir of Chaos and Grace by Meg Fee 
  25. The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies by Piers Dudgeon 
  26. The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson 
  27. Midnight Sun by Trish Cook 
  28. Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World by James Ball 
  29. This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay 
  30. Only Ever Yours by Lousie O’Neill 
  31. The Child by Fiona Barton
  32. The Memories of Us by Vanessa Carnevale 
  33. Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson 
  34. The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath by Ronald Hayman 
  35. Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder 
  36. The Aladdin Trial: A Burton and Lamb Thriller by Abi Silver 
  37. Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian 
  38. 11 Missed Calls by Elizabeth Carpenter 
  39. She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox 
  40. Letters of Ted Hughes by Ted Hughes
  41. Her Husband: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath – A Marriage by Diane Wood Middlebrook 
  42. Ted Hughes: Poems Selected by Simon Armitage by Ted Hughes 
  43. Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters by Erica Wagner 
  44. Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses
  45. Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander 
  46. Sylvia Plath by Peter K. Steinberg 
  47. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes by Janet Malcolm 
  48. Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath 
  49. Sylvia Plath: A Critical Guide by Tim Kendall 
  50. The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath by Jo Gill 
  51. American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson 
  52. Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath 
  53. Sylvia Plath and the Mythology of Women Readers by Janet Badia 
  54. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath by Anita Helle 
  55. That Was When People Started to Worry: Windows into Unwell Minds by Nancy Tucker 
  56. I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell 
  57. Normal People by Sally Rooney 
  58. Lullaby by Leila Slimani 
  59. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 
  60. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay 
  61. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 
  62. Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill 
  63. Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy 
  64. How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo 
  65. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill 
  66. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl 
  67. Ted and I: A Brother’s Memoir by Gerald Hughes 
  68. The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol 2: 1956-1963  by Sylvia Plath 
  69. Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together by Arden Rose
  70. Sunrise by Jessie Cave
  71. Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim 
  72. Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress by Vicky Nolan 
  73. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 
  74. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh 
  75. Africa’s Tarnished Name by China Achebe
  76. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton 
  77. Hopeless Romantic by Dolly Alderton 
  78. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 
  79. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling 
  80. The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson 
  81. The Veiled Woman by Anais Nin 
  82. Lance by Vladimir Nabokov 
  83. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han 
  84. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  85. It’s Not Summer Without You(Summer, #2) Jenny Han 
  86. We’ll Always Have Summer(Summer, #3) by Jenny Han
  87. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
  88. Ted Hughes: Poems Selected by Simon Armitage by Ted Hughes
  89. Lucky by Alice Sebold
  90. Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray
  91. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane 
  92. Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart
  93. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
  94. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  95. The Child by Fiona Barton
  96. The Necessary Angel by C.K.Stead
  97. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

How was your 2018 year of reading?

What was your favourite book?

Can you recommend any for me?

Book Club Recommendations needed…

Hello lovelies,

I need some help. I need you to leave me some book recommendations in the comments below!!  Myself and my university friends are planing on starting a book club and I need some great book titles to suggest.

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What have you read recently?

Also don’t forget to go and check out my Instagram or ‘bookstagram’ over at book_captivation. 

A little obsessed? 

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One of my obsession and has been for many years now is Harry Potter. In my defence who isn’t obsessed with Harry Potter? 🤔😏 When I was little (I can’t write that anymore without thinking of Louisa Clarke from Me Before You‘) I had Harry Potter everythannngg- bike, cloack, Nimbus 2000, figurines, towels….you name it, I had it. Evidently my Harry Potter transport was on point haha…

But you know, as I got older the merch started going to car boot sales and charity shops.. *Why mum…why???*  In hindsight I should have kept it all but I didn’t.

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But let’s not let that get us down because recently my sister went to Florida and got me a wand. Harry’s wand in particular…yaaaaaayyy! When I visit I am going to buy another one or two – cough cough- probabally all of them because I have no self control.

Behold – Harry’s wand. Am I the chosen one now because I feel like it?

  • Do you love Harry Potter? Is so, why?
  • Which house are you in?
  • Who’s your favourite character?

I’ve fallen in love… 

     

                        Look at them…..

 

I AM SERIOUSLY FANGIRLING RIGHT NOW…..AHHHHHHHH SBDNDJBDJDJDJDHDND

Interrailing reads…

On Wednesday I arrived back in England after exploring Europe for five weeks. During this time, I had to take some long train journeys…which meant READING TIME. YASSSSSS reading time.  

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I read 10 books in 5 weeks… I don’t know if this is good or not hahaha.  So without further ado, this is the list of the books I read.

  1. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L.James (I read all of these before but I wanted to read something easy and not challenging.)
  3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L.James
  4. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L.James
  5. Grey by E.L. James
  6. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (I have read this book like three times and it breaks me every time.
  7. How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell
  8. Brave is the New Beautiful by Lee Wolfe Blum
  9. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  10.  The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

 

 

 

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. 

If you follow me on Goodreads you will know this already and if you don’t and would like to go and follow me on – 

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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