I set myself a target at the beginning of the year to read 12 books. A book a month. It didn’t seem like a huge task but, with three children, the farm and the blog, by August, I was only on five and wondered if 12 could be reached at all.
Thankfully I got my reading mojo back and on November 29th, I read (what I thought was) my eleventh book. The Tattooist of Auschwitz was so amazing that I had finished it by the 30th and I smugly thought I had just one more to go.
A counting error meant that my smugness didn’t last long and I frantically searched for either a very short book or one which I would read quickly as family life really does come first at Christmas and, with three children, there are a lot of Christmas fairs and Nativities to attend.
In the end, my final score was 13 for the year. Who would have thought it?
Some of them seem like I read them years ago. I am not going to lie, there is the odd one that I can’t remember at all but I am so pleased I reached my target. Here is the list:
I began the year by reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. This is one of the ones that I cannot remember but I know that I enjoyed it.
My mum gave me Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. Some of it is set on a farm so I imagine that is why she gave it to me. I finished it but I did not enjoy it at all. I kept thinking something was going to happen but it never did.
The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange was really good. It was recommended to me by a Facebook reading group and I think (if my memory serves me right) that is is young adult fiction but I really enjoyed it.
I read three non-fiction books which I loved. Till the Cows Come Home by Lorna Sixsmith, Falling for a Farmer by Maura McElhone and Paul O’Grady’s Country Life. I reviewed these on the blog and enjoyed each one.
Balancing Act by Joanna Trollope was just a quick read I found on my book shelf and I liked it a lot. I used to read Trollope a lot when I was younger and may revisit some in 2019.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was un-put-downable. I didn’t guess the twist at all and I still think about it which I think is always a good sign.
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig was the same. Absolutely brilliant idea and I loved every paragraph.
As I mentioned earlier, the Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is also up there in the top books I have read and even though it was harrowing and terrible, it was utterly compelling and I am so glad that I read it.
I enjoyed Girl On the Train so Tina Seskis’ One Step Too Far was billed as similar which attracted me. It was another one with a big twist at the end which I didn’t guess and I did enjoy reading it.
The Year that Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly was an easy read and, my twelfth. I really enjoyed it. So much so that it inspired me to read another book.
My final book of the year was A Day in December by Josie Silver and I choose it in the book shop because it I thought it would be a pleasant Christmassy read. It was okay. You could tell what was going to happen from the end of the first or second chapter which spotted it a bit for me. Nevertheless, I did finish it.
I am so pleased I exceeded my target and will have to set 14 as my 2019 one.
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What has been your favourite book this year?