Welcome to my 100 books in a year challenge!
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These 100 books are made up from the HEA book club, recommendations from yourselves, magazines, etc anndddd the last part is from the Rory Gilmore challenge!
My first audio book … juries still out if I like audio books.
From Amazon: Based on the true story that everyone is talking about, The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything…a once-in-a-lifetime love story for hopeless romantics everywhere.
The second book in the Trial of Apollo series.
From Amazon: The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing (and hilarious) trials.
Next month for HEA book club, we’re reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” so I decided to read this one as a comparison post for y’all next month!
From Amazon: The surprising art of caring less and getting more. This hilarious and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt-and give your f*cks to people and things that make you happy instead.
Picked up in the bargain bin for £3 – how can you say no?
From Amazon: Tina Craig works all the hours she can and volunteers in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it – a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever.
Rich had been trying to get me to read this book about 4 years ago and I never did – so now I finally did!
From Amazon: Meet Luca, a curious young boy living with his mother, a taciturn woman who every now and then tries out a new father. Luca keeps to himself, his cat, Blue, and his favorite toys–words. One February morning his mom doesn’t wake up to bring him to school, so Luca–driven by a deep fear of being an orphan–decides to pretend to the world that his mom is still alive.
This is one of those books that everyone’s seemed to have read but me.
From Amazon: Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.
Started a new series – magic, crime and London. What’s not to love? It’s also one of Rich’s favourites, it has six books all in all (I think) so plan to see these throughout the coming months.
From Amazon: I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated…The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.
It started off strong but in the end it was a bust for me. So much potential but I thought it fell short.
From Amazon: After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years… and panic sets in.
Ties in perfectly with this month’s wellness challenge from Happily Ever Adventures and from one of my favourite authors regarding Buddhism in modern times.
From Amazon: This is the ultimate go-to guide for learning how to meditate. It contains all the instructions you’ll need to get started in a remarkably short space, but it also shows you how to make meditation practice a permanent part of your life, infusing it with wisdom and compassion as you go about your day.
Happily Ever Adventures book club month 2. Not a fan but will explain a comparison review later this month as promised.
From Amazon: In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
Something that’s been sitting on our bookcase for a while and I have no idea where it’s come from.
From Amazon: A woman sits at her father’s bedside, watching the clock tick away the last hours of his life. Her brothers and sisters – all broken, their bonds fragile – have been there for the past week, but now she is alone.
The first two books to cross off the Rory Gilmore list were Rapunzel & Snow White and Red Rose. I’m reading from the Grimm Brothers Complete Collection but you can purchase the individual stories as well.
Took my a while to get into it, but once I did — whoaaaaa.
From Amazon: A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis…What they are looking for seems elusive – a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down.
Revisited an old favourite.
From Amazon: Leading the reader through the diverse schools of Buddhist philosophy, this book also teaches us how to let go of our own strong ideas of self and how to find a little more happiness in life, for ourselves and for others.
The greatest bargin buy ever – I’ve already preorder book number two. Genuinely couldn’t put it down. Took a lunch break for the first time in months just to get an extra 20 minutes of this book.
From Amazon: Welcome to the little cafe in Copenhagen where the smell of cinnamon fills the air, the hot chocolate is as smooth as silk and romance is just around the corner…
Sarah Knight does it again. Absolutely loved it!
From Amazon: …organizing the f*cks you want and need to give to help you quit your day job and move abroad, balance work and fun – and save money while you’re at it – or simply get out of the door for happy hour, every day.
The second book of the Rivers of London series. Really really enjoying this series, read this book in about 2 days.
From Amazon: I was my dad’s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that’s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it’s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing.
My first Sherlock Holmes book and I already can’t wait to read more. I loved it.
From Amazon: When Dr Watson ends up renting rooms in Baker Street with the eccentric Sherlock Holmes he finds that he has let himself in for a great deal more than he imagined. He is called upon to help the budding detective solve a perplexing mystery, involving a dead body found in a locked room. Although the body shows no signs of having been attacked Holmes is convinced that a murder has been committed.
April book club. It has recipes throughout the book, which I found distracting but overall good story.
From Amazon: When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the famously inconsistent European work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen.
Another Sarah Knight book, I’ve loved them all but this was resonated particularly well with me.
From Amazon: Being yourself should be the easiest thing in the world. Yet instead of leaning in to who we are, we fight it, listening too closely to what society tells us. You Do You helps you shake off those expectations, say f**k perfect, start looking out for number one and keep on with your badass self.
Easily my favourite book I’ve read so far this year. I really do think it’s a book for everyone – if nothing other than the fact I’ve seen at least a dozen other women reading it on the train alongside me.
From Amazon: Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
This was a pick from Rory Gilmore list and honestly nothing like what I was expecting. Guess I should have read what it was about but I can see why it’s deemed a twentieth century masterpiece.
From Amazon: Set before the First World War, it tells the tale of two wealthy and sophisticated couples, one English, one American, as they travel, socialise, and take the waters in the spa towns of Europe. They are ‘playing the game’, in style. That game has begun to unravel, however, and with compelling attention to the comic, as well as the tragic, results the American narrator reveals his growing awareness of the sexual intrigues and emotional betrayals that lie behind its façade.
The third book in the Rivers of London series.
From Amazon: Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it.
and straight into the fourth book. Easily addicted at this point.
From Amazon: A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?
I wanted to like this book, I just couldn’t.
From Amazon: Lou Connor, a gifted, unhappy sixteen-year-old, is desperate to escape her life of poverty in Sydney. When she is offered an exchange student placement at a school in America it seems as if her dreams will be fulfilled. Her host family has a beautiful house and couldn’t be more welcoming … until she starts to be suffocated by the repressed atmosphere of their suburban mansion and things start to go badly wrong.
Rich picked this one and since I’m still on my book buying ban, I decided to give it a go. Despite the jumping around in the timeline it was very straight forward and easy to follow. Quick read and fun.
From Amazon: Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity he can keep one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love . . .
A classic hero from Hemmingway. I’m itching to watch the film now..
From Amazon: Harry Morgan was hard rum-running, gun-running and man-running from Cuba to the Florida Keys in the Depression. He ran risks, too, from stray coastguard bullets and sudden double-crosses. But it was the only way he could keep his boat, keep his independence, and keep his belly full…
The fifth book in the Rivers of London series, I’m almost coming to an end..
From Amazon: In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.
From Rory Gilmore challenge, took me a LONG time to get into it but after reading it I’m curious to see the film.
From Amazon: Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies.
When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
Whenever I’m in a reading slump, I always turn to an old favourite. I absolutely love this book and recommend it to anyone who remotely enjoys history or war novels.
From Amazon: A sequence of stories about the Vietnam War, this book also has the unity of a novel, with recurring characters and interwoven strands of plot and theme. It aims to summarize America’s involvement in Vietnam, and her coming to terms with that experience in the years that followed.
The “final” book in the Rivers of London series.
From Amazon: Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean.
The actual final book? A short novella following the Rivers of London series.
From Amazon: Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter – making the follow up interviews rather difficult.