2015 Reflection and 2016 Reading Goals

I created this blog last year as a place where I could simply talk about the thing I am probably most passionate about in the world which, being pretty obvious from my blog name, is books. For some reason I made two posts and left it there, but regardless of this it was a great year for reading, just..not so much for reviewing. I completed my total goal of 25 books, and a massive fourteen of those I rated five stars, with a few fantasy, a few classics and a few YA contemporaries thrown in. But this year, I’m going for thirty, because after all…

New year, new start. And I want to up my reading game!

Starting now with my goal of reading thirty books this year, ten of which I have told myself will be classics, I am going to set out a list of ten books I am definitely hoping to read this year.

These books are in order by author’s surname alphabetically, and not the order that I am going to read them. I’ve also only bought some of them so far, so I only have photos for some of them, but I am planning on going on a book haul in the very near future!

  1. Emma by Jane Austen (1815) I was given the ‘beautiful books’ edition of this as a  Christmas present, and immediately fell slightly in love with both the cover and the story line, so I can’t wait to get into it!
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    Penguin Classics ‘Beautiful Books’ edition (ISBN: 978-0-1411-9247-5)

     

  2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1) (2015) This book came to my attention for two reasons: the BookTube community seem to love it, and the cover is so beautiful. From what I understand it is a YA fantasy, which is literally two of the best genres rolled into one so my excitement levels for this are pretty high.
  3. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (The Belgariad #1) (1982) This series was recommended to me as almost everyone in my family has read it, and said just how good it is. I am a huge fan of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, and I gather that he drew many influences for that series from the Belgariad, so that makes it an instant source of intrigue for me.
  4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002) I am a massive fan of the Henry Selick film adaptation of this book (I cosplayed as Coraline last Halloween, and LOVED it!), but for some reason have never  gotten around to reading the book, when usually I will make sure to read the book first. I gather that there are a lot of differences between the book and film so I’m intrigued to find out how my opinion changes on the film after reading the book. Regardless, I think the film adaptation will always hold a special place in my heart.
  5. The Complete Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (1812-1857) Could I call the reasons for wanting to read this book self-explanatory? Either way I will go ahead because they’re the GRIMM fairy tales- iconic in so many ways. Countless film and literary adaptations have been made of these but I want to go back to where it all began; the twisted darkness of the classic fairy tales we all know so well.
  6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1955) I became slightly obsessed with the Beat Generation some weeks ago after a long night of research, and becoming absolutely fascinated by pretty much everything to do with it, and I feel like On the Road is a simply a good place to start with getting into some of the literature that came out of this movement.
  7. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J.Maas (Throne of Glass #4) (2015)  Given that this book was such a highly anticipated one for me last year, I never actually got to read it in its entirety. Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire are its predecessors, along with the prequel, the Assassin’s Blade. So far, this series has been packed with so much action and so many incredible characters that I have been unable to put them down, so I’m counting on Queen of Shadows being the same…

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    Bloomsbury (ISBN: 978-1-4088-5861-5)
  8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1) (2012) This is another book I have picked up on the merit of the BookTube community’s opinions alone. I have never read a sci-fi fairy tale re-telling and given the popularity of re-tellings at the moment, I feel like this is a good time to pick one up!

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    Puffin Books (ISBN: 978-0-141-34013-5)
  9. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) Yet another iconic story (in the most gorgeous edition), this has been subject to so many adaptations in the past. Dracula Untold (2014) is a brilliant watch, which was most of the motivation I needed to pick up this legendary tale. The idea of the novel being written through journal entries and letters, which I wasn’t expecting until I was stood in the middle of a book shop buying it, is also very interesting!

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    Penguin Classics edition (ISBN: 978-0-141-43984-6)
  10. Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie (1911) Another classic and a story that I have always loved, but only having seen it in film adaptation form I think the time has come to actually read it.

I’m hoping to be writing reviews on the majority of these novels soon after reading, and am excited to find out whether they’re as good as I’m anticipating…

Have a lovely day!

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