Sunday, 10 July 2016

Books I've Read So Far in 2016

So, as we learnt in my reflection on how my 2016 goals are going, I've not got very far with my target of reading 25 books this year...! I thought I'd share the ones I have read, nonetheless, whilst they're still relatively fresh in my mind. I've finished five books and am currently half-way through number six... I've also got a little look at the next books on my to-be-read pile, so if you're after some summer holiday reading inspiration, read on!
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The Long Mars - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter | ★★★★☆
(Not shown because I borrowed it from my Uncle and have now given it back!)
This is the third in Pratchett & Baxter's Long Earth trilogy, which I surprised myself by really getting into - the premise is basically about an infinite series of Earths, one next to the other, which (most) humans can travel between. The Long Mars, as the name suggests, investigates whether the same applies to the Red Planet.
Asylum - Madeleine Roux | ★★★☆☆
I think this was an Amazon recommendation based on my love for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but unfortunately, for me it fell short. Somehow the story just wasn't as believable and didn't draw me in in quite the same way. Don't get me wrong, I still wanted to know what happened and I got through it pretty quickly, but I probably won't buy any more from the series.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman | ★★★★★
I loved this! Gaiman's writing is so beautiful and captivating - it's almost poetic and it really hooks me in. He's brilliant at creating a whole 'nother world that I get completely drawn into, and The Ocean... was no different. I really loved the story and the characters were perfect - I loved how it was from the perspective of a narrator flicking between present day and his childhood, many years before.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying - Marie Kondo | ★★★★☆
I know I've gone on about this (here and here!) but I did think it was a really interesting read - it definitely gave me some food for thought when it comes to clearing out, and it'd be well worth a try if you like the idea of de-cluttering and living a more minimal life.
Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll | ★★★★☆
This was purchased on a total whim when I finished my book halfway to Oxford and had to buy something new at a motorway service station, but I ended up quite enjoying it - it was quite reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, in my opinion, though perhaps not quite so well executed. Still an enjoyable read, though, and I'd pick up more of Knoll's work.
The Girl In The Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz | ★★★★☆ (so far!)
I'm about halfway through this and I am really enjoying it, although for me it's not quite up to the standard of Larsson's work - could it ever be, really!? The story has drawn me in, though, with all its twists and turns, and I'm happy to see Lisbeth and Mikael living on through another author.
2016-Read-So-Far
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman | I love Gaiman and I think this was on offer on Amazon, so I couldn't resist! I'm really looking forward to seeing how he wrote with Pratchett.
Always With Love - Giovanna Fletcher | I've yet to read any of Gi's books (which surprises me as I'm such a massive McFly fan!) and I'd probably do better starting at the beginning, but this "fell into my trolley" in Asda so there we go! I love a bit of chick lit every now and again.
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn | I loved Gone Girl so I have high hopes for this! I really like dark psychological thrillers so Flynn's writing is right up my street.
2016-Next-TBR

Have you read any of these books? What have you been reading lately? I'd love to hear any recommendations for books you think I may like!

xo
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35 comments:

  1. Terry Prachet is definitely a classic author to read, I like the sound of omen.

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  2. I love book recommendation posts as I never know what to read next. Loved the sound of The Ocean At the End of the Lane - think I'll add that to my reading list!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches Travel & Lifestyle Blog

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  3. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourites. I am definitely going to check the Ocean At the End of the Lane!!! thanks for sharing xX

    kynialikethecountry.blogspot.com

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  4. Oohh these sound like awesome books! I'll add them to my wish list :)

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  5. You've not messed around with the books! I need to get through mine, this has made me feel ashamed lol. x

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  6. I have read 22 I think which I don't think is too shabby and if it wasn't for Goodreads, I wouldn't have a clue what I had read and when x

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  7. I read and reviewed Luckiest Girl Alive last year and agree with your comments - very similar to Gone Girl but not as good!

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  8. I promised I'd read 52 books this year and well...It isn't working out. I would love to read Gillian Flynn though, I have yet to read Gone Girl!

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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  9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of my favourites, I love Neil Gaiman! Thanks for the other recommendations - definitely a few I wouldn't mind reading! x

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  10. So much respect for u, as I hate reading books :( I wish I didn't. I love to see young people loving books. Lovely post thanks for sharing!

    Dominica from www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. These books sound interesting, i definitely need to get back into reading books.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  12. I am intrigued by that Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman book! Must get my hands on a copy.

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  13. I really want to read the book on tidying up as I'm a bit of a hoarder haha

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  14. Good going! That's a fair amount to have read already. I've read the Neil Gaiman book but not any of the others. I'm looking forward to the third Cormoran Strike book (JK Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith). Got it already loaded on to my Kindle, now just need a holiday to read it on.

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  15. I really need to read dark places!! I LOVED gone girl so I'm sure I'd love Dark places. Great reading pile you have got there!!
    a life of a charlotte
    x

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  16. That is an impressive list of books! I've only read 3-4 books this year and that's with a massive effort on my side. In between family time, a two year old and blogging, I barely have time to breath.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  17. The only one I've read off this list is Dark Places - but I absolutely loved it!

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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  18. At the moment I'm mainly reading travel books, but thanks for the recommendations.

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  19. I really love The Ocean at the End of the Lane - one of my favourite books! Neil Gaiman is a true legend. I have Good Omens on my Kindle to read - excited to get stuck in!

    Lottie xx
    http://lottielamour.co.uk

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  20. You have been reading so many books. I'm ashamed to say I've only read one this year and that's Girl on the Train.

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  21. I loved Gone Girl too, but I've heard mixed things about Dark Places, will be interested to hear what it is like. I'm currently reading The Girl on the Train and it is brilliant.

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  22. Wow, you have read a lot of books so far this year. I don't often get time to just unwind with a book anymore. I think I will need to start planning unwind book time.

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  23. I have recently got back into reading so thanks for your recommendations. Going to check them all out on Amazon now!

    Ashleigh x

    www.beingashleigh.com - UK fashion, lifestyle and travel blog

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  24. Some great choices of books. I enjoyed asylum. I'm reading loads right now, currently a Karin Slaughter novel.

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  25. loved your post! will definitely check these out :)

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  26. A lovely list of books, not read any of them and the book that I started reading in January I am yet to finish

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  27. Well done - that's a lot of books! I have the Marie Kondo one on my Kindle but haven't read it yet! Kaz x

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  28. Dark Places sounds like a great book. You have read a lot. Well done.

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  29. So many fab sounding books here, I am going to have to add a couple of these on to my 'to-read-pile' I really like the sound of The Long Mars

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  30. I loved The Life Changing Magic of Tidying but this post makes me realise how little I read these days. It makes me sad as I have always loved to read but I think blogging has taken over!

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  31. I havent read any of those but I have read 23 books so far this year which I am impressed with x

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  32. I love Gailman so will definitely check The Ocean at the End of the Lane. :)

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  33. I've only read one whole book this year (new baby) and that was great! 'Searching for enda' a true story about adoption.

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  34. I love seeing what other people are reading! Fab post poppet! I haven't actually read any of these books - I'm just getting back in to reading and I have started doing reviews on my blog! :-)

    Charlene McElhinney
    @blogabtnothing1
    www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

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  35. I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying earlier this year and it totally changed my life! xxx

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