Reading Challenge : Books 1-4

At the beginning of the year I started a reading challenge that I found on the internet. The aim was to get through about 52 books with different themes. I was fully optimistic that I could complete this in a year… It has been 9 months and I am only on book 10!


That was definitely me being distracted by life, netflix and work. The reasons why I wanted to do it in the first place was because

a) I love a challenge, if it has structure and tickboxes I’m in!

b) Watching TV or using your phone before bed isn’t the best for someone that has restless sleep, so I thought reading would be a more relaxing way for me to go to bed.

c) I LOVE reading. I have a vivid imagination (thank you for the year 4 school report Mrs. Moran) I can literally get events that happened in a book and a TV show mixed up because I can envision the scene and reading feels like I’m watching a movie. You can imagine how reading Stephen King books when I was younger went.

d) Sometimes I get stuck in a rut with books that I read (Hello Regency bodice rippers) so I wanted to explore other books.

I definitely won’t finish my challenge this year, however I think I will continue with it and aim to finish by next year.

I’ll update with what I’m reading and what I would give it. I am not the greatest literature reviewer and I would love any suggestions. Most of the books I have read so far have been suggested or books that I found

Here’s a look at some of the books I’ve read so far.

This book was surprisingly good, it took a while for me to get into it but it was a story of how an orphaned princess becomes a powerful force who uses borderline Machiavellian tactics to command her house. 4/5

Unpopular opinion I know, but I was NOT a fan of Madame Bovary, I found the language unnecessarily convoluted and the characters unappealing. I struggled to complete as it felt like a task to read it. 2/5.
This book doesnt try to hide its nod to ‘Gone Girl’. I still enjoyed it but the author did a very good job at making all characters unlikeable- I think I would prefer the film. 3/5

Another thriller, I finished this book in a day and it was an addictive page-turner however I had to read with some incredulity, some events were required a large stretch in imagination that was not in the tone of the rest of the book. 3.5/5

I’ll update my next post with the other books I’ve read and where I am currently. 

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