My new reading goal for 2018 is to read 60 books, leveling out at five books a month. I had honestly thought I could do that without a problem, but whilst I did read five books in January, I read the first four within the first twelve days, and then finished the last one just before midnight on the 31st! So I think five was a good number to settle on, and I read some really great books this month.
First of all, I read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – this took me a little while to get through, as I found it quite hard to get into at first, but I eventually warmed to the style of writing and the plot. I watched the film of A Tale of Two Cities in December, and I had enjoyed that, and I think that made the book easier to digest. My favourite part of this book was definitely the ending, which left me feeling quite unexpectedly emotional (and if you are interested in reading this particular classic, you can buy it from A Great Read for just £2.50!). ✮✮✮
After that, I read my first YA book of the year – Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book; I found the protagonist very annoying, and I really struggled to get to grips with the plot and the narrative style. I did start to enjoy the book more around halfway through, but I was overall slightly disappointed with this read (I reviewed it in full here, if you are interested in hearing more of my thoughts!). ✮✮✮
The next thing I read was The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – I read this for my school book club, and it was such an interesting book to discuss! If you love stories with an unreliable narrator, then this book is definitely for you; the writing was stunning and the ending left me stunned, if a little confused. If you have read this book already, I would love to hear your opinion on the ending, as I have found it to be a really great point of discussion! ✮✮✮✮✮
Next I read The Collector by John Fowles, which I read alongside a friend of mine at the beginning of the month. We both thought was fantastic; the story was very eerie, and I was thoroughly creeped out whilst reading it. But it was stunningly written, and the imagery tied together all of the themes in the book perfectly. And just to clarify, this book is essentially about a stalker/mentally-ill man who kidnaps a girl, but it’s very psychological, and not sexual, so if that would make you too uncomfortable to read it, then you don’t have to worry! ✮✮✮✮✮
After that I had a reading slump, which lasted almost all of the second half of the month. Finally, I finished January by reading No Filter by Orlagh Collins; this book was extremely cute and, in my opinion, super relevant, as social media played a big part in this book. There was a touch of insta-love, which, as I’ve mentioned previously, I am not particularly a fan of, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it in this book, so it did not detract from the story. I will be posting a full review of No Filter soon, and I will also be interviewing Orlagh Collins as part of the blog tour for YA Shot 2018! ✮✮✮✮
Five books in January – I’m keeping on track to meet my Goodreads goal, but I may aim to read even more next month! I am currently reading about three books at once, so hopefully I can get through them in February; let me know what you read in January, and if you have read any of the books I mentioned above!