2018 was a great year, I achieved quite a lot. I set up my blog which I had been wanted to try for a long time, I also got engaged and married, a very tiring experience, haha. In addition I adopted two lovely little kitties who have made my family complete.
This year, as I mentioned in by Back to Blog post recently, I really want to dedicate more time to reading and writing. One thing I decided to do to help me achieve this was participate in a reading challenge. There are so many good ones out there, I looked at the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge which looked really interesting, I also considered the Read Harder Challenge, which was hard to pass over but as this is my first time doing a reading challenge I wanted to stick with something relaxed and simple. This is why I decided to pick #52booksin52weeks as there are no rules or limitations on which books I pick up.
I am keeping track of my progress on my Goodreads account (saviour!) and I have decided to do a regular blog update at any mini milestones. As I have reached 10 books read this week I have decided this is the perfect chance for blog update numero uno.
So if nobody minds I am going to do a brief overview of the 10 books I have read so far this year!
I couldn’t resist picking this one up in Waterstones, Newcastle when I read the synopsis after finding it on the buy one get one half price table. It sounded right up my street and I wasn’t exactly disappointed after reading it! You have to understand that I am not generous when giving out stars on Goodreads, I try to keep in my mind the best books I’ve ever read and try to measure what I am rating against those books and therefore, this one got a 3 out of 5 from me, very respectful score for a good pageturner.
2. A Very Murderous Christmas
It was early in the new year and I was still feeling festive so I decided to give this collection of short stories a whirl. This was great, well worth its 4 stars which I gave it on Goodreads. Helped me over the post Christmas blues!
3. Where the Missing Go
This was a Kindle read, another 3 star thriller. The twist was very easy to guess and the protagonist was super annoying (deliberately I would guess) but it was well written and I couldn’t have scored it any lower than 3.
4. Some Veil Did Fall
I bought this book at the Write Festival which I attended at a nearby library and cultural venue in my hometown, I wrote about this event previously, here. Some ladies of Choc Lit were there talking about how they got started as writers and how they became published, it was a great evening and I ended up going home with one of each of their novels. I finally got round to reading this one because I couldn’t keep passing over its gorgeous pink cover. I only scored this 2 stars but not because it is a bad book, I do not usually read chic lit so it is not my preferred genre. I thought the writing was good, the time-slips were done really well and the way the mystery unfolded was well handled. I just had a few issues with some of the dialogue and the attitudes of the main characters. I will definitely read more of Kirsty Ferry’s work.
5. Ready Player One
Ahh Ready Player One, loaned to my by my S.O. was a really good book. I devoured all of the cool references in the pages of this and loved how the future and the past were merged together so seamlessly! I am going to write a longer post on this one, I have to as I have so much to say about it! 4 star read for me! Lets not talk about the movie though…
6. Friend Request
Back to a thriller next, you would never be able to tell my preferred guilty pleasure genre would you? Another Kindle read, 3 stars mainly because I enjoyed the use of social media in a thriller setting. Other than that there was not really a lot going for this one, no suspense, extremely verbose and also some issues with clutching at straws in order to get the plot moving forward.
7. The Rumour
I found this hardback when doing my weekly food shop one weekend and it was on offer so I chucked* it in the basket (*gently placed it in my arms and cradled it while continuing my shopping). I actually enjoyed this thriller quite a lot, there were loads of red herrings, a really good reveal and an even better ending. Easy 4 stars.
8. The Birds Nest
This one I have already discussed in more detail over here it was great to read some American Classic literature and even better because it was a female author who was fairly controversial in her time! 4 star book, highly recommended.
9. It Should Have Been Me
Another thriller that I picked up on my weekly food shop, I am starting to form a bit of a bad habit of refusing to leave the book isle without taking one with me! This was another 4 star read, this rating was given more so because I felt the writing deserved recognition, along with the characterisation, as I found this to be of a high standard. The story wasn’t bad but there was no suspense and the twist was very easy to guess.
10. The Wife Between Us
I treated myself to this one on the Kindle as there was quite a lot of chatter about it last year and I do like to base my choices on recommendations sometimes, obviously it is also a thriller which I am partial to. It was good, I gave it 4 stars and found it really difficult to put down. It was one of those stories where I wished my train journey to work could have been longer so I could keep on reading.
If you have made it all the way to the end then thank you so much for reading my progress post on my 2019 reading challenge! I hope you enjoyed this and if you have any recommendations or comments on any of these books then please share! Remember to hit follow if you want to see what I read next!