A Novel New Year

In true style I have not only left this until the very last day of the month but I am already behind on my reading goal! Yaaay! I intend to make up for that shortly though. Let’s not talk about how I fell behind last year and never wrote up a whole bunch of books. Oops. My end total was 21/52 books which is nowhere near an honorable defeat but I’m totally going to smash it this year.

The books I missed out were:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – this one actually breaks my heart because it was an instant fave and I had an advanced reading copy. Reading this was like eating a big, fluffy cinnamon roll and having an endless appetite. I wish I could forget it and read it for the first time all over again.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – this one was very different from the Netflix show so having watched that first it didn’t spoil the book for me. I think I still would have preferred to have read it first so if you haven’t seen the show already, I recommend reading first!

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins – I picked this one up mainly because it was a historical novel that didn’t sound like it revolved around a really generic romance. I got so much more than I was expecting with this one, it was gripping.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I’d heard from other people that this was a good book but I didn’t really know what it was about. I’d say it was plot light but not in a way that detracted from the novel. Like The Starless Sea I wasn’t ready to finish this one either.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – I wanted to watch the TV show when it came out but then decided stubbornly to wait until I’d read the book. I probably could have done with a break from thrillers when I picked this one up (I had just finished The Secret History) but it was a quick, juicy read all the same.

While I might have failed my reading challenge spectacularly, I can say that almost every book I did read was a joy to read. The Tattooist of Auschwitz was my least favorite book of 2019, followed by Dracul.

This year I will hopefully check some of these books off of my to read list:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – one I’ve been meaning to read for years and thanks to the movie and my housemates reading it I’m already half way through.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – this one might just stagnate my reading challenge this year if I don’t whip through it fast enough.

Something by Virginia Woolf – I’m not sure where to start to with her books to be honest.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – am I the only person on the planet who hasn’t read this yet? Probably.

There are definitely others but these are top of my priority list. If I fail my 2020 challenge hopefully I’ll have at least crossed these off my list and I’ll blame War and Peace for being a big ol’ Russian doorstopper.

Author: Olive

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