2019 : Hitting my reading goal




In 2018, I set myself a challenge to read12 books throughout 2018.  I managed 18, which I was really pleased with. Since having children, I've found it harder to take the time to read, which is a real shame as its something I have always loved to do.  

For 2019, I set myself a goal of 20 books and I'm really pleased that I managed to hit my target. I would have loved to have read more but I've had so much on, it just didn't happen.  Here's what I've been reading: 

The Bad Mother - Amanda Brooke
Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah
Daughter - Jane Shemilt 
There were two books that I really struggled with and had to push myself to finish and these were Firefly Lane and Daughter. Especially Daughter, I didn't warm to any of the characters and I just couldn't get into it. 

Out of all of them, Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine, was the one that really gripped me.  I just couldn't put it down or stop thinking about it for days after.  The Clever Guts Diet by Dr. Mosley was a really interesting read too and if you're experiencing gut issues, it really is worth a read.  

I've noticed as I get older, that my taste in books is changing and I'm more willing to try a different genre to the thrillers and crime that I usually read - that's not to say that I always enjoy them (the two books mentioned above are a good example of this!). 

So as we start 2020, I have set myself another challenge and this time I'm aiming for 25.  If you have any book recommendations, I'd love to hear them.
  

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  1. I started reading Eleanor Oliphant and I just could not get into it! I think my favourite book I read last year was The Cows by Dawn O'Porter. I remember staying up until silly o'clock in the morning as I just couldn't put it down. #TwinklyTuesday

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  2. That's impressive. I set myself a goal this year to make time every Sunday evening to read. I loved Eleanor Oliphant too. Such a brilliant book. One of my other favourites I read last year was This is going to hurt by Adam Kay. Had me laughing and crying. #twinklytuesday

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    1. Its nice to have the time to get lost in words. I will definitely check it out, thank you.

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  3. Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine has been on my reading list for a while so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! Have you read This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay? That was by far my fave book last year. Normal People by Sally Rooney is also quite good. Good luck with reaching your goal this year #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Thanks Shelley. I will add both to my list and find a copy of each.

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  4. I have a review of the Oliphant one over on my blog. I like you love to read and lost the ability to do it in the parenting mix. Now my teens don't seem to need me much at all (which I hate!) I can get back to reading. Have a lovely book on the go just now and about to head to bed with it. I love that you are setting yourself increased targets for reading year on year #TwinklyTuesday

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  5. Fab list, I haven't heard of some so going to note down to add to my list :) X #twinklytuesday

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