Books

Winter reading

The last month I’ve been busy trying to catch up with my reading, in the hope to at least make a dent on this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 books (only 23 to go…). Winter is the perfect time to settle down with a good book, especially when the weather outside is not so great and you can light a few candles, get under a blanket with a huge cup of tea and just read. I’ve also joined the wonderful Sharni from A Girl & Grey‘s book club which has helped get me back into the swing of reading and I’m really enjoying picking up something a bit different from my usual reads. Here’s the lowdown to what I’m reading this winter…

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Three favourites

Sometimes gifted books are the best and I always request hardcover versions on my wishlist as there is something so special about these huge books with their artistic covers and added extras. Those of you who follow me on Goodreads will know that I’ve already read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab and have listed it as one of my favourite ever reads. I requested the hardback version for my birthday as I only have a kindle version and this special edition is just gorgeous. It takes pride of place on my shelves begging for a re-read. Liani Taylor wrote another one of my favourite series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone so I’m keen to read her next book Strange The DreamerLike many of my friends I was eagerly awaiting Philip Pullman’s new book La Belle Sauvage and I can’t wait to get stuck in to his incredible fantasy world.

Bookclub reads

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One of the lovely ladies I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through our mutual love of tea, Sharni from A Girl and Grey recently started an online bookclub which I’m really enjoying being part of. Each month Sharni gives us a selection of books to choose from, varying from chick lit to crime fiction and more. I’ve enjoyed the Scandi crime books I’ve read previously and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo was no exception. Lots of twists and turns leave you guessing as to who the ‘Snowman’ really is. I am looking forward to seeing the film now I’ve read the book too! Reading The Secret History of Us  by Jessi Kirby and To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han was great escapism and took me back to the sort of reads I’d enjoy whilst on summer holidays as a teenager. I’m looking forward to starting The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas next and then I just need to get hold of Decembers books which all look great!

Books I’m struggling with (but really want to tick off my read list).

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I’ve actually managed to make my way through and finish The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor now and having had a look on Goodreads it would appear that I’m not alone in struggling to read it. I really enjoyed the ending on this one but it did drag a fair bit in the middle. American Gods by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that always seems to be next on my to-be-read list but the size of the book has had me picking up something else each time. I know Kate is currently listening to it on audiobook so I might try that for my drive to and from work. Lord of the Dark Wood by Lian Hearn is the second in a two part series and I did struggle to get through the first one. I’m hoping a bit of time off over the Christmas period will give me lots of reading time and I can see if I can get through this one too.

What are you planning on reading this winter? You can follow along with what I’m currently reading on Goodreads.

Becca x

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