As many of you know, I am a huge lover of reading and anything book related. So when I discovered Goodreads I of course had to set myself a reading challenge for 2016. Now, looking back I will admit I was super ambitious as I challenged myself to read 30 books. I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t a lot at all, but during this time I was attempting to juggle 4 A-Levels, a job and various rehearsals for shows whilst also attempting to still be human. Therefore 30 is slightly ambitious. But, I left sixth form back in June and have since spent the wonderful summer months and coming winter devouring books, even if Christmas has since taken over my life which consequently forced me to not reach my target.
However, I thought I would share with you my list and a very small review of all of the books I did manage to have the company of in 2016.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife: I cannot rave about this book enough. I absolutely adore ‘One Day’ and this book is the closest thing I have ever found to it. You must check it out if you have time!
- The Vagina Monologues: I actually read this one for my A-Level English coursework, but it has moulded me into who I am today in many ways. If you are a strong independent woman, this book is for you
- Not That Kind of Girl: Like ‘The Vagina Monologues’ this one is also for strong independent women (bit of a theme going on here) but with more of a comedic feel
- Ariel: ‘Ariel’ was also something I decided to read for my English coursework; I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, but its important to know I’m not a huge fan of poetry. I would like to read more of Plath’s work, just not poetry
- Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story: At A-Level I also studied Drama and Performing Arts so this (and the book below) were primarily for my coursework and exams, but I’m actually a major Musical Theatre nerd so ended up loving both of these more than I should have done
- Studying Musical Theatre: Theory and Practice
- Me Before You: This years biggest tear-jerker, did you even exist in 2016 if you didn’t join Lou on her traumatic journey through either the page or screen?
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: No words can explain this one – it was wonderful and strange mixed into one, I cannot wait to 1. Read it again and 2. Finally get the opportunity to see it on stage in London
- A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale: I was excited to read this one but wasn’t a huge fan when I finally got round to it. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would – However, I am excited to read the Aurora and Belle one in 2017
- The Best of Me: This book considerably shocked me – I had gotten it for cheap and it had been lying around on my book shelf for months. If you love a romantic story, you must read this, I loved it so much!
- The Book Thief: I enjoy history, especially Nazi Germany, so this book was seriously interesting for me and managed to give me inspiration for my A-Level English coursework. But, personally at times it was a bit too serious, so I had to read it in small dosages
- Elizabeth is Missing: At times I loved this book, others I wanted to bury it and never read it again. It was interesting and surprised me – but also broke my heart
- The New York Times: 36 Hours, New York & Beyond: I read this one for my trip to New York, it’s a wonderful size and handy to take with you on your travels – plus the pictures are super cute!
- Lord of the Flies: Ever since watching Matthew Bourne’s version of this book, I knew I had to read the book, I finally got round to it and I wasn’t disappointed – absolute classic
- All I Know Now: I absolutely adore Carrie so of course I had to read this book; it’s the ultimate handbook to growing up
- To Kill a Mockingbird: I was actually re-reading this book for the third time to prepare myself to read the new book, but never got round to reading the new one (oops). I promise I will read you in 2017 ‘Go Set a Watchman’
- Big Magic: I bought this for my trip to New York and ultimately fell in love with it. It’s perfect for pushing yourself to create wonderful creative bliss and encouraging you to follow your dreams
- Us: I was excited to read this after ‘One Day’ and instantly fell in love with it. Of course, its not as great as ‘One Day’ but, it is still wonderful
- After You: I was thoroughly confused after reading this book – I enjoyed it but part of me wishes there would never have been another book
You can read all of my full reviews for nearly all of these books on my blog here, or you can follow what I’m currently reading on goodreads more intensely here. In 2017 I am attempting to read 50 books which is a stretch from 30 considering I didn’t reach my target. But, due to the lack of A-Levels this year, I am hoping I can smash my target. What’s your target this year and how many books did you read in 2016? Pop it in the comments below!