Posted on January 3, 2016

2016: A Year for Books!


Last year I set myself a really difficult (for me) challenge, during 2014 I read a total of 2 books, I love reading but just wasn’t finding the time for it so I started the book a week challenge during 2015. I wasn’t surprised that I failed but I was pleased that I pushed myself to find the time to do more reading. I managed a total of 20 books during 2015 so I didn’t do too bad (for me). The first half of the year I was really good, I even read the whole of the Twilight series in just two weeks but then things (Netflix) got in the way and instead of picking up a book I was picking up my iPad for a fix of The Vampire Diaries or such like.

So these are the books that I did read during 2015…

  1. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  2. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window – Jonas Jonasson
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling
  5. Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
  6. Let’s pretend this never happened – Jenny Lawson
  7. The wedding girl – Madeleine Wickham
  8. The lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  9. A compromising position – Carole Matthews
  10. A minor indiscretion – Carole Matthews
  11. The unpredictable consequences of love – Jill Mansell
  12. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
  13. New Moon – Stephanie Meyer
  14. Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer
  15. Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer
  16. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  17. Shopaholic to the Stars
  18. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma
  19. Wish You Were Here – Catherine Alliot
  20. The Sunrise – Victoria Hislop

I’m not setting myself the same goal for 2016 as I know I won’t read a book a week but I am challenging myself to read all the unread books that I own and try not to buy anymore until they are all read.

This is my reading list for 2016…

  1. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell (Finished)
  2. Shopaholic to the Rescue – Sophie Kinsella (Finished)
  3. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella (Finished)
  4. The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz (Finished)
  5. The Island – Victoria Hislop (Finished)
  6. Pride and Prejudice
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
  12. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  13. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  14. Mockingjay– Suzanne Collins
  15. All for you – Sheila O’Flanagan
  16. Leftovers – Stella Newman
  17. The Hidden Child – Camilla Lackberg
  18. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  19. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
  20. White Wedding – Millie Johnson
  21. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  22. The Christmas Cookie Club – Ann Pearlman
  23. What the Nanny saw – Fiona Neill
  24. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  25. Never Let me go – Kazoo Ishiguro (Finished)
  26. How to be a woman – Caitlin Moran
  27. The wedding day – Catherine  Alliott
  28. A French affair – Susan Lewis
  29. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  30. The girls – Lori Lansens
  31. Pieces of my heart – Sinead Moriarty (Finished)
  32. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  33. The road – Cormac McCarthy
  34. A clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  35. The outcast – Sadie Jones
  36. The bad mother’s Handbook – Kate Long
  37. 19 minutes – Jodi Picoult
  38. Mercy – Jodi Picoult
  39. The Cupid effect – Dorothy Koomson
  40. The chocolate run – Dorothy Koomson
  41. The Mill house – Susan Lewis
  42. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  43. Running with scissors – Augusten Burroughs (Finished)
  44. Christmas Ever After – Sarah Morgan

So yes that’s 44 books – 24 more than 2015, I know I can do it… I really want to do it so I can have a damn good clear out and treat myself to lots of new books next Christmas.

So here is to a year of books, what will be on top of your reading list this year?

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  • Reply tanya January 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I love reading, but I rarely find the time (for myself) I read a lot with the children but maybe need to push myself a bit harder than Charlie and Lola!

  • Reply Rachel In Real Life January 5, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I really want to read more as well but hate setting myself measurable targets because I worry I won’t meet them. Good luck!

  • Reply Ickle Pickle January 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Oh my goodness – I haven’t read a whole book for years! I would love to read the Twilight saga and The Hunger Games series though. Good Luck! Kaz x

  • Reply Clare @ Maybush Studio January 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I’m also aiming to read more this year, though I’m stuck on a bit of a dull read at the moment which I’m determined to finish but doing so at a snail’s pace. You are in for a treat with Never Let Me Go, it’s a great book!

  • Reply Baby Isabella January 4, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    The lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is one of my mummy’s favourite books, so sad. Great list! All the best on your reading adventure in 2016 x

  • Reply (Mostly) Yummy Mummy January 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    It can be so hard to find the time I think you’ve done brilliantly! I need to take a leaf out of your book and read all the books already on my shelves before buying any more but I just can’t resist..! I wrote a post about some of my favourite books last year over on my blog if you want to have a look for ideas x

  • Reply Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours January 4, 2016 at 11:36 am

    wow well done! I don’t really read at all, I simply don’t find the time although this year I did read the Hunger Games trilogy which I really loved (they are a millions times better than the films). I know I should read more and I do pledge to this year! Hope you achieve your goals.. x

  • Reply Kizzy January 4, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Good luck with your list. I’ve just joined in with Lara over at Circle of Pine Trees My Year in Books to make sure I read each month.

  • Reply JuggleMum, Nadine Hill January 4, 2016 at 7:44 am

    20 books read this year is fab! You have compiled a wonderful list for 2016 -I hope you get through them all!! x

  • Reply Kara January 4, 2016 at 7:34 am

    You did really well reading all those books – I think I managed all of two. Love the Harry Potter series though, must dig them out again

  • Reply Ness @ JibberJabberUK January 4, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I wish I had more time to read. I have every good intention but by the time I’ve turned the laptop off at night it’s usually gone midnight!

  • Reply VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood January 3, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    More reading is on my new year list as well. I hope to get through more than the abysmal 1 books/3 months of last year!

  • Reply Ruthy @ Minibreak Mummy January 3, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I admire your intention to read books you already have before buying more!

    Have you tried Goodreads? It’s an easy way to keep track of your reading, and to see what your friends are reading.

  • Reply Emma January 3, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Such a great idea. I wish I could find time to read more. Well done on the 20 books in 2015 and I hope you reach your goal this year x

  • Reply Jenni January 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    This is such a great idea! I might pinch it but try one a month as I don’t think I even read one in 2015 x

  • Reply Eve Redmond January 3, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I love some of those books, I miss reading so much; I havent had the chance to read since Freddie was born in March!

  • Reply Rachel January 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I love Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Dorothy Koomson, My best friends girl by Dorothy is one of my favourite books ever x

  • Reply Cathy Glynn January 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I too love reading but never seem to find the time lol. I have read the Harry Potter books and loved them, you will have to let me know if the others are good xx

  • Reply blogoratti January 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    That’s really wonderful that you finished all that. I read about 30 books last year and my reading list for 2016 has started growing….warm greetings to you and best wishes!

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