For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to delve into the world of book blogging. I’ve always loved reading, writing and I sure have a lot of opinions, so it seems like the perfect option! Read book, write about thoughts on book, read more books and repeat, right? Easy peasy.
Although, since I started saying to myself that I’ll start book blogging in the next few months – I haven’t been able to finish a single book! This is not like me, I used to read at least 3 good size novels in 2 days at the very most, I’ve always been a bookworm. But since adding pressure to myself to reach deadlines and write reviews (I’ve never written a book review before) it suddenly hasn’t seemed so appealing.
I have a huge pile of books I want to work my way through, but I’m going to try to do it without putting pressure on myself and taking the fun out of it. The same thing happened when I studied English for a year at university. I spent so much time reading books I didn’t enjoy, analysing every word, full stop and speech mark that I lost all enjoyment in reading, even in my spare time. I instantly linked reading with work and my scary lecturer and pushed myself away from books. It’s been a long bumpy road to bring myself back, I’ve mainly managed to enjoy reading again through spending a LOT of money of hundreds of books I’ve always wanted to read but admittedly still haven’t.
It’s nice to have them sitting there though, I’m a total book cheater and I usually have more than one on the go at any given time, how scandalous!
I decided to make a list of the books I’d like to try to get through this year, but I won’t set any concrete goals just in case! To try to introduce myself to book blogging, but without putting any pressure on myself, I thought it would be good to list a few of the books I’m hoping to either start or finish (or both, as a bonus!) in 2017 and maybe it might make book blogging seem a lot less terrifying!
I usually do most of my reading from May-September time anyway when I’m in the garden, lying on a blanket with the sun shining down on me and running from bees every 10 minutes, so it’s the perfect time for my TBR list!
1. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
I’m actually halfway through this now and I LOVE it but I find it so hard to read. The story is so interesting, I love the characters and I love the fantasy aspect but it just seems to take me hours to finish one chapter. I’ve never had a book like this before, I either love a story so much I finish it in an hour or two, or else I can’t get into a book so give up reading it. This is different and I have no idea why!
Have you ever had a book like this?
2. The Girl With All the Gifts – M. R. Carey
A friend recommended this to me and I’m really intrigued by it. I think this is more in the horror genre which isn’t usually my thing but I’m actually really looking forward to getting started on it.
3. A Streetcat Named Bob – James Bowen
I got this book for Christmas and I can’t wait to start reading it! I saw the movie when it came out, last year I think, and I’ve never been so moved and inspired by a story in my whole life! I actually didn’t know this was a book until after the movie finished because I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie, but I really can’t wait to get reading this one. I’m saving this for my holiday so that I’ll have a few hours here and there to fully fall into the pages and finish it there and then because I just feel like it’s one of those kinds of stories!
4. Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard
Again, I got this for Christmas but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I actually think I’ll leave starting this one until after I’ve finished watching all the PLL episodes because it’s hard enough to keep up with the drama without adding more! I’m pretty sure this is a full book series too, which is my dream but also my enemy because I struggle with the commitment. Hopefully, after the show finishes I’ll be more likely to get my PLL fix from this series!
5. Skin – Adrienne Maria Vrettos
This was given to me by my boyfriend whilst he was packing up his room ready to move out. I think this book belonged to one of his sisters who left it behind when they got their own houses too, and I can’t stand to see a book thrown away, so I decided to give it a good home. I think this is more of a YA kind of book, which I love anyway, but it seems like it’s quite serious and dark as it focuses on eating disorders. Again, I feel like this is one of those books that you won’t want to take a break from once you start it so I’m saving this for a holiday or day off before I pick it up.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Again, another Christmas gift! (My list for Santa is always just full of books if you couldn’t already tell!) I feel like the only person in the world who hasn’t read this. In school loads of English classes got to read this book, but my class studied The Great Gatsby instead and I forgot all about it until the sequel came out a few years ago. I honestly haven’t heard a thing about this book, and I have no idea what happens in it or what it’s about (apart from racism) so it’ll be weird going into a book so blind (I’m a read the back page and every spoiler/review before the book kind of girl) but I don’t want to go in with any expectations.
7. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
This was actually a gift from my boyfriend as it’s basically the one and only book he’s ever read, but it’s also his favourite! When he found out I’d never read it, he went and got me the book and the DVD too so that we could watch it when I’d finished reading. I’m also halfway through this one and even though it’s so tiny I just never manage to find the time to sit and read through it all. Hopefully, I’ll finish this one soon so that I don’t keep Ryan waiting to see the movie any longer!
This isn’t even a quarter of the unread books I have but these are the 7 I’m hoping to read first! I hope you enjoyed having a look at my TBR list for 2017! I’m on Goodreads if you’d like to see how I’m getting on with my list or are just looking for more friends to add!
Are any of these books on your TBR list or have you read them already?