One of my favourite things about starting a new year is collecting new books to read throughout that year. I don't often actually manage to read all of them, but just the idea of having a list of books to read somewhat satisfies my easily-pleased mind. There must be other people out there who set goals whilst knowing they will never actually do it? We all love to have some hope, right?! New Year's resolutions spring to mind...

This year, I have set myself a goal to read 9 books! Yes, 9. I know that isn't a lot of books, but I am an awful book reader and I want to improve! 9 books over 366 days...that gives me roughly 40 days per book, hmm. Seeing it like that makes it seem very possible! We will see.

I know, I know. I still haven't read the Divergent series! Shocker!! I told you I was awful with getting into a book. I have had these books for a year now and although my mum has read them, no one else has set a hand on them. I have decided that they will be on my to-read list this year because I have been meaning to read them since I got them. My mum thoroughly enjoyed them (although she said the first book had a very weird introducing few chapters) which makes me want to read them too! I haven't even watched the films...but, that cannot be done until the books are read. Books are always better than the films!

'Everything and Nothing' is a book that I bought about 8 months back and never got around to reading. This book is about a broken marriage within a working class family; mother, father and two children. The parents decide to bring a nanny into the family to help with the children, but the nanny is quite mysterious and has her own underlying motives. It definitely sounds like my kind of book!

'Dead To You' is also one that I bought from a charity shop about 8 months back and never got around to reading. It's about a young boy called Ethan who was abducted from his family at the age of 7 and returned 9 years later. Ethan fights a battle to find his own identity and his brother becomes very suspicious of him. He struggles to fit back in with the family after missing 9 years of the family life and memories. I have read so many reviews on this book and there is apparently an awful cliff-hanger at the end of the book which leaves you questioning everything. That almost puts me off...but, I'll read it anyway!

The title 'One Small Act Of Kindness', makes me think of a happy story. I love the soppy stories with happy endings! This book is about a lady and her husband Jason. Libby and her husband Jason leave London and move back to his home town to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. Libby finds an injured woman lying in the remote country road that has lost her memory. She doesn't know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her. Libby offers to take the lady in, leading to a chain of events that changes many people's lives. Eek, this one sounds exciting!

'Soldiers' Daughters' is about two young girls - Samantha and Michelle - who are motherless and sent to a boarding home for daughters of serving soldiers. Both daughters crave love and approval from their fathers and are both later commissioned into the army themselves. Samantha puts all of her efforts into becoming the soldier that her father wants her to be. Michelle just wants her father's love. Impulsiveness and wanting independence will lead both daughters astray with disastrous consequences.

These two books are definitely not my typical book type, but I still cannot wait to try out a new genre.

This next book called 'Reconstructing Amelia' is one that I picked up in a charity shop and immediately had to buy it! It's about a young girl called Amelia who lives away from her family in an exclusive private school. One day her mum gets news that Amelia has cheated in a test and it asked to go to the school. On the day that Amelia's mum arrives, Amelia is found to be dead after being found to have fallen from the school roof. The school and police believe it to be "spontaneous suicide". Kate believes the story until an anonymous text reading 'she didn't jump' sets her off in a different path to find out the truth about why Amelia was on the roof that day and how she died. Amelia's mother uncovers the truth by searching through Amelia's social media, messages and emails. The story is told in alternating voices and is a story about secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and viscous bullies. It's about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter who's life she could not save.

This is the first book I delved into. I must say that it's one of the only books I can say I thoroughly enjoyed. I finished it within a week! I would definitely recommend this book!

Finally, the last book on my list is 'I Heart Paris' which I recently received as a birthday gift from my brother. I haven't had chance to read the blurb yet, so I have no idea what it's about but the description says 'Angela is in the city of live -- but romance is taking a nose-dive! When Angela Clark's boyfriend Alex suggests a trip to Paris at the same time as hip fashion mag Belle asks her to write a piece, she jumps at the chance. But even as she's falling for the joie de vivre of Paris, someone's conspiring to sabotage her big break. And when she spots Alex having a tete-a-tete with his ex in a local bag, Angela's dreams of Parisian passion all start crashing down around her. With London and her old life only a train journey away, Angela can't decide if she should stay and face the music or run away home! I must admit that this doesn't sound anything like my usual type of book, but nevertheless, I will give it a good go! It's the third book in the series...let's hope I don't need to read the first two before this one.

So, that's my to-read list for this year! It's definitely full of different types of books, but there's nothing better than discovering a new genre. Just popping off to run a bath full of bubbles, with my second book...

Do you have a to-read list for 2016? 


  1. I don't have a to-read list, but I am hoping to try and read a lot more this year! I've been using Goodreads to keep track of the books I'm getting through and I'm actually really enjoying setting aside a little more time to lose myself in a good story. Good look with your challenge of nine books!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  2. These all sound like great book choices! Good luck reading them all. I am trying to get back into reading this year but its proving so difficult. I really need to learn to turn off the technology late at night and pick up a book instead.

    Lauren | laurenthedaydreamer.co.uk

  3. These all sound so fab! You have a similar reading style as me :-) I need to read the last two books from the Divergent series, loved the first!!

    Megan X


  4. Divergent is amazing! I read it so quickly because it was so good. You'll love it : )
    Steph x.


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