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100 Books in 2018

Welcome to my 100 books in a year challenge!

Please note this page contains affiliate links and I may make a small commission should you choose to purchase a book title on my recommendation. But hey, a girls gotta pay for her overwhelming book habit somehow! 

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!

January

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.

February

Part of Happily Ever Adventures book club.

From Amazon: an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself.

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.

March

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.

April

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.