Sunday, 10 January 2016

Books & Reading Challenges

Usually at the start of the year, I always headed over to the Goodreads website and set myself a reading challenge. Last year I over shot and set myself fifty books to read in the year 2015. Halfway through the year I realised it would be impossible for me to complete the reading challenge and went 'sod it' and gave up. This year, I've set it to twenty books not including uni reading and so far I'm on track.

My favourite genre to read is generally fantasy or science fiction but I do like to branch out occasionally. I've also read quite a few young adult books and I absolutely love Harry Potter. If your taste in books sounds similar to mind I've written up two lists down below. A to read list and a short recommendations list. Hopefully some of you find this post helpful!

To Read



Eleanor and Park

Rainbow Rowell


Veronica Roth

Zac and Mia

A.J. Betts

Before I Fall

Lauren Olivia


Morton Andrew

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky


Scott Westerfield

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

The Mists of Avalon

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Crystal Cave

Mary Stewart

A Man called Ove

Fredrik Backman

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

Dealing with Dragons

Patricia C. Wrede

The Great Tree of Avalon

T.A. Barron

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J.K. Rowling

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

Where She went (If I Stay #2)

Gayle Forman

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

Delirium (#1) Pandemonium (#2) Requiem (#2) by Lauren Oliver
A dystopian young adult book. In this society, love is a 'disease' that has to be cured.

Matched (#1) Crossed (#2) Reached (#3) by Ally Condie
A dystopian young adult book. Society decides who you love, where you work and where you die.

The Maze Runner (#1) The Scorch Trials (#2) The Death Cure (#3) by James Dashner
A dystopian young adult book. Thomas wakes up and realises he only remembers his name. He finds his place amongst a group of boys until one day a girl arrives.

Inkheart (#1) Inkspell (#2) Inkdeath (#3) by Cornelia Funke
A young adult fantasy book. Meggie discovers that her father Mo can read things out of books but something always has to go back in.

Divergent (#1) Insurgent (#2) Allegiant (#3) by Veronica Roth
A young adult science fiction book. The society is split into five factions where all sixteen year olds have to decide where to spend the rest of their lives.

I hope this post helped you in some way whether it be book ideas or just general reading inspiration. I'm currently reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley which is a bit of a long read but I'm enjoying it so far. It's related to the Arthurian Legend and is written in the perspective of Morgaine and other female Characters rather than King Arthur and Merlin. (Any BBC Merlin fans?) Let me know if you've taken on a reading challenge for 2016 and whether you've written a post similar to this. I'd love to check them out.

I'm currently reading my books on a Kindle Paperwhite. I'm not really to fussed about the whole ebook - traditional book debate. I just find it handy to have lots of books at hand and I can carry around mighty books like the one I'm currently reading in my handbag. Also, I'd highly recommend signing up to Goodreads as you can can check off the books you've read and it'll recommend you similar ones. You can also see what books your friends have read and what they rated them as!
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