So again for 2019 I set myself the goal to read 12 or more books, because I have boxes of the damn things and they need to be read. Plus I don’t really help myself I am constantly getting myself more books regardless of the endless amount I currently have…..what can I say I am a book addict. I bet you guys do the same?? 🙂
So to kick start 2019 I read The snow child by Eowyn Ivey
This book was a rather lovely story. It’s about a couple who couldn’t have children so they made one out of snow. The way their love blossoms the moment the child comes into there lives is so relatable, you can genially feel what they feel for one another and this magical child that comes into their lives, and the way the scenes where embroidery is described in this book you can actually see the beautiful work being done.
Book 2: Longbourn by Jo Baker
This book I struggled with because I wasn’t really taken by the characters especially the main one you follow. But the idea was very interesting. You are seeing the going’s on in the Bennet household from the prospective of the servants and I rather liked that each chapter started with a quote or a few lines from pride and prejudice so you know where the evens taking place fit with in the original story. I would recommend giving it a read if you like Pride and Prejudice because its quite and interesting and different side to the known story.
Book 3: Love, Iris by Elizabeth Noble
This book was one I bought because I had just finished the above book while traveling. The story follows two women Tess and Gigi. Two women that have a lot of similarities happening with in their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed it and some of the situations the girls were put into were very relatable. It is a feel good book that I would recommend
Book 4: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Now I watched the 2005 film of this first and upon finding out it was a book decided to read it also. It is very well written I thought through out that it was about a real person, but although the history behind it is based on true events, Sayuri (the geisha you follow) unfortunately is not real. Fantastic work of historical fiction, I want to go to Japan more than ever now after reading this 🙂
Book 5: Eat, Sweat, Play by Anna Kessel
Through out the book Anna talks about the trails that women in sport have had to face and are still facing today, just for wanting to be part of something seen as part of a “mans” world. Its a feminist book from a different point, and with her funny and relatable tales from her own life I found the book very interesting. It opened up a new world to me that I knew nothing of and it has inspired me to get myself moving. It has also made me want to support women’s football (even though I don’t like football)
Book 6: Catcher by Kalyn Nicholson
I didn’t really know what to expect when I decided to read this book, but my goodness it wasn’t that. This book is a very easy read but it is also a captivating read. Once I got into the flow of the story I found myself never wanting to put it down. The story follows a young woman called Carson whos whole life gets flipped upside down when she finds a box of matches on her eighteenth birthday, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something new to read. Looking forward to book No.2 🙂
Book 7: The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton
This is Hannah Witton’s second educational book, and oh boy. You would think that me being a girl I should know all this stuff all ready, but in honesty I don’t. I know my monthly cycle, I know what products to use and I know that certain contraception’s as well as things happening in your life can effect you cycle and that’s as far as my knowledge goes. So to have another book like this in my life has been very educational 🙂
Book 8: If Only by Melanie Murphy
Second book by Melanie Murphy. This book follows 30 year old Erin as she goes through one if only moment after another. I found the protagonist very relatable, the story it’s self is a feel good story, with elements of get your shit together and I absolutely loved it. It made me laugh and it made me cry and I can see myself re-reading this book many times in the near future 🙂
Book 9: The Unexpected Joy of Being Single by Catherine Gray
This book was very interesting and gave me a powerful boost in being happy in my singleness. Every time I picked this book up to read I felt unstoppable and like yeah I am single but I’m cool with it, (Every time I wasn’t reading it I felt lonely again). She does hit the nail on the head though and talks about how when your in a relationship the world bows to you, but when your single you are seen as unimportant, and the world pities you. Why though? To be able to buy a house on your own is amazing, to raise a child on your own your are a super hero, to travel on your own people admire that, so why is it that coupled people get all the perks? and how do we change that? that is what this book is about. Changing societies perception that being coupled up is better.
Book 10: Out of the Dark by Adele Geras
This book is a quick reads. It is set just after the first world war and you follow Rob Stones story of trying to make a new life after he is injured in the war. The story is an engaging one and I wanted to know what happened next to the characters. Really nice read to get you reading again or if you don’t have the time for a bigger book.
Book 11: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
After visiting Cambodia and learning of the genocide that happened in the 1970’s, I could not help but pick this book up. The book follows the life of a little girl who’s whole life got turned upside down in a matter of minuets, “I cheered for them earlier today, but now I am afraid of them.” You follow the Ung family as they try to survive in a corrupt new world where as long as you work hard and do as you are told you might survive.
Book 12: Almost Adulting: All you need to know to get it together (sort of) by Arden Rose
This book has been quite humorous and relatable in certain areas. But unfortunately for me this book didn’t really connect with me. Now I don’t know whether it is because I don’t watch Arden’s videos or maybe it is because she is younger than me, but something about the context of that book didn’t really feel as though it helped, or related. But I found the book easy to read and am sure this book might be of interest to either her fans or someone younger that myself.
Book 13 : The Kindness of Strangers By Various Authors
I really enjoyed reading all the mini stories of people’s experiences and just the wonderfulness of man kind. We are often told to not talk to strangers, to be weary, have your guard up at all times because you don’t know what could happen, and as that is all very good advice, we unfortunately miss out on making new friends. Every person in all these stories have met someone or a group of people who have taken them into their homes and treated them as one of the family. These are the stories we need to hear more of because we can be and are an amazing species.
Book 14: Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
I have to say I didn’t particularity enjoy this book, I found it quit a boring read. This is a children’s book so I know I wasn’t the target audience, but that a side I still found the story very dull, I also found the characters wanting. There was more she could have done in the story, or even for the character that is Carrie, maybe even given her some closure but no. For some this might be a very enjoyable and moving read, unfortunately that wasn’t the case for me.
Book 15: Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
I really enjoyed this book, I love that she is so honest about her various different mental health issues she’s had over the years. Some of the things she talked about were relatable to me, but even so I found it a very interesting read.
Mental health still I feel has a stigma surrounding it, and although we are getting better with understanding it, we still need books like this, because it is books like this that make you realize just how normal mental health is and that you alone are not the only suffer.
Book 16: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
(Austen’s first novel) Now this book I started back in 2016 and have only just finished it, why? well I must admit I found the book rather dull and it took my a while to really get into the story. I originally watched an adaptation of the story and really enjoyed it, so with that in mind I thought I would enjoy the book. I did the same with Pride and Prejudice a few years prior and ended up enjoying the book. There for I find it a shame that I can not say the same for this story.
Book 17: The Shining by Stephen King
This book was my Halloween Month read.
I loved the writing style, I loved how real the characters felt. I watched the 1980 film of the shinning and enjoyed it hence why I chose to read the book, (there is a theme here) but I must say I prefer the book over the film, you go in deeper into the mind and workings of the characters and get a eerie feeling about the hotel, I love how slowly things shift and how hard Jack Torrance tries to fight his anger and his want for drink. I must admit even though I watched the film before reading this I do not see the actors as the characters, if anything I feel the actors were wrong for the characters, and the film was not a good representation of the film over all, but never mind. I can’t wait to the read the sequel to this book.
Book 18: The Secret By Rhonda Byrne
I bought this book a few years ago because a YouTuber I like mentioned how this little book helped her change her life around, and since then I have read it repeatedly but this is the first time I have actually finished it. (I have also watched the film repeatedly but again I never finished it) This book gets a lot of mixed reviews from people some praise it others knock it, I am the latter I found this book very helpful and find the Law of Attraction an interesting but difficult practice. The very basic technique of the Law of Attraction is that it is a shift of the mind, you need to be more the glass is half full rather than half empty, which is easier said than done. The practice requires you to Ask the universe what it is that you want, maybe by creating a vision board to help you visualize the life you want, Feel the feeling of gratitude for the thing you’ve asked for as if you have already received it, and finally Receive the thing you asked for. I know it all sounds ridiculous but it is proven that if you are grateful for your life and everything within it you will live a happier life, and I know that life isn’t all sunshine and roses 24/7 but how you take on what life throws at you is also a sure sign of a happier life. Now that is really simple but work also needs to contribute to the practice, for example you can’t just go I want to be a published author then sit back waiting for it to happen, you actually have to put in some work in order to get that end goal, just keep thinking how your life will look in 5, 10 years and take the necessary steps to get that life. We all attract things to our lives whether we realize it or not, this book helps you to understand that and attract more of what we do want rather than what we don’t.
Book 19: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I choose to read this book for two reasons. 1) I have never read this book before or at least not all the way through and 2) I was reading it for research purposes as I am currently writing a book of my own which is going to be set in a teenage diary format, and other authors who I admire have said when writing, read, read a lot, so that is why i choose to read this book. Also I loved the films when I was younger.
Book 20: The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
With this book being a Christmas book I decided I obviously should have it as my Christmas read, plus I wanted to end the year on a feel good story.
This story is about a man who always seems to need to be in two places at once, his work and family are always demanding his time. But thanks to a homeless man that he befriends everything changes for him. It was a wonderful story that focus on time and how precise it is. I am glad that I finished this book on the 31st December 2019 because time is what I want to give more of in the coming year/s 🙂 lovely story and so true to modern society.
Book 21: The Power by Rhonda Byrne
This is the second book to the secret, although you can read this book without having read or seen the secret before hand. This book again talks of the law of attraction but it focus more on love, and the way you can use love with the law of attraction. I found that it made sense because it explained that when you are passionate about something or like something your emanating feelings of love which are positive feelings, and with that more positive things will happen to you, but it also explains that of cause you have millions of thoughts per minute per day and mostly its about keep a check on you thoughts AND feelings to get your desired outcome in life.
“Your love, your joy, your positivity, your excitement, your gratitude, and your passion are the true and everlasting things in life. All the riches in the world cannot even come close to the most priceless gift in all of creation – the love inside you!”
Book 22: Girl online on Tour by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)
I started to read this book because I wanted to read something more enjoyable and easier while I was reading sense and sensibility.
The story picks up from the last one. Penny has just finished her exams and she is going to be going on tour with her boyfriend for two whole weeks.
Apparently this book was completely written by Zoe Sugg (Zoella) where is the first in the series, Girl Online which I read last year was written by a ghost writer.
So at the end of 2019 I am happy with the amount of books that I managed to read. However I have now set myself a standard haha.
What books did you read this year, would love to hear any recommendations you might have. Also how many books were your goal, if you even had a goal, and did you manage to hit it?
Have a happy new year and I’ll see you again in 2020 🙂 (I really hope the flapper dresses come back in fashion)
x Kayleigh x