Last year I decided to have a look at my overflowing bookshelves and pick out some books that had been there for ages that I was going to finally make the effort to read. My thought process was that if I wrote and published a post then I would be far more likely to pick them up. If you would like to read that post then you can find it here. Of course I still have far too many unread titles on my shelves so I thought I would do the same post for this year to give me a much needed nudge. I’ve deliberately picked titles that I’m particularly excited to finally read, I’ve tried to include a few different genres to keep it interesting, and they are a mixture of both relatively new and pretty old releases.
I’ll keep you updated throughout the year as to my progress, but for now keep reading to find out what I have chosen and why.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938)
If you read my discovering my mother’s favourite books post then you will know that this was one of her choices. When I was looking into the books that she chose this one really stood out to me, along with And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I have already read and reviewed the latter, you can read the review here if you haven’t already and would like to, so this year I have to read this one. Ideally I would like to read all of the others on her list but this is the one I’m prioritising. I want to read it soon because I feel like the winter months are perfect for some Gothic literature!
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (2019)
I was so excited for this book to be released and I did begin reading it towards the end of 2019 but for some reason I stopped halfway through, put it to one side, and read other things instead. I don’t know why I did that because I was really enjoying it! I must pick it back up and finish it sooner rather than later.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (2014)
I was beyond excited to discover that the show was based on a novel. It was around my birthday (February 2019) when I found out and I wasted no time in heading out to pick up a copy. So, did I get the book home and immediately start reading? Nope! It went on my bookshelf and stayed there gathering dust. Throughout the year whilst blog hopping I mentioned in comments that I really wanted to read this one and yet here we are in January 2020 and I still haven’t! This year I’m definitely going to read it, I just hope it lives up to the hype that I have placed upon it.
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley (2017)
Another purchase from February 2019 that has sat unread on my shelf. For the past couple of years I have wanted to expand my reading to include more non-fiction pieces. I picked this one up with that in mind. Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors so I thought what better way to ease myself into the world of non-fiction than with a book about her? It sounds like a great idea doesn’t it…but you have to actually read the book of course. This year I am adamant that I will.
Ghost Music by Candida Clark (2003)
I’ve had this book for years, I know that I have read it before and I’m pretty sure that I really enjoyed it. However, I can’t remember it at all! It catches my eye pretty often when I’m rummaging through my bookshelf, and to be perfectly honest it’s annoying me that I can’t remember anything about it. I want to give it a reread this year and find out if I did love it after all.
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (1990)
It’s no secret how much I love Roald Dahl. I haven’t read this one, but because it was published the year I was born, and in honour of my turning 30 very soon I thought why not finally get around to reading something by Dahl that I haven’t yet. There’s no excuse for me not to find the time for this one, it’s very short so I think I could get through it in about an hour.
Here’s one that I definitely would not get through in an hour! My parents got this for me last year for my birthday. My mum thought it might keep me occupied whilst I was on Maternity Leave (before the baby was born of course). I admit I found the size of it somewhat intimidating (I still do), and that put me off reading it even though I really want to. I’m going to give it a go this year, I can’t say how successful I will be but I’m certainly going to try because I think I will enjoy it.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (1848)
I am yet to read anything penned by Anne Bronte. I have read and loved Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte so I have high hopes for this one. If for no other reason than because I want to be able to say that I have read something by each of the famous sisters, I will get around to reading this book this year. I received it as a gift, and it sounds like my kind of read so I’m looking forward to it.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1823)
Another pretty short read for the list, therefore I have no reason to not get to this one this year. I’m familiar with the story because it is so famous, and I’ve always been intrigued by a story with this subject matter given how long ago it was penned. I can’t wait to read it!
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (2013)
This one was also a gift…a recent gift though, I received it for Christmas 2019. It’s not something that I would have ever picked up for myself but it’s intrigued me nonetheless. This is why I love to receive books as gifts because it gives an insight into the person gifting it and into perhaps what they think of you as a reader. Jury is out on whether I will enjoy it or not but I’ll be sure to let you know.
Phew, that turned out to be a much longer list than I first anticipated. I thought I would maybe pick out 3 or 4 reads from my shelf and leave it at that, but here we are 10 titles later! 10 may not seem very many but when I consider all the other books that I’m sure to want to read this year as well it suddenly seems like quite a few! I’m determined to get through them all so hopefully I will manage it. Writing this post helps, it keeps me motivated because I love to achieve any goal that I set myself. It certainly helped last year because I read all the titles that I included on that one.
Wish me luck!
What are your thoughts on my choices? Are there any books that you are determined to finally get around to reading in 2020? I would love to hear!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!