I’ve always loved reading books but finding the time to sit and read in this hectic world is difficult. I’ve often started reading books, got distracted and left them in the book graveyard. Poor books… So I decided this year I was going to dedicate some serious time to reading with a 30 book challenge. Since the new year meant I’d be spending a lot more time on public transport, it was the perfect opportunity to read regularly. I thought by setting myself a challenge, I’d actually stick to it and not just get bored.
I set myself the target of 30 books. I thought this was a reasonable number, its just over 2 books a month which I thought was very do-able. I knew I was going to do this kind of challenge last year, so for Christmas I put quite a few a books on my list to Santa, so I could start the year off right.
It’s the end of January and I’ve already read 5 books, can you tell I’ve been thoroughly loving getting back into reading? I’ve already sailed through all the books I’ve bought and I’m (impatiently) waiting for my new ones arrived so I can jump back on the band wagon!
So I thought I’d just talk a little bit about the books I’ve read so far in case anyone else is interested and wants to set themselves a reading challenge!
01. Bloom by Estée Lalonde.
I know, we’re all probably sick of the You-tuber books, but this is the first one I’ve bought. I really like watching Estée and her book has been one I’ve looked forward to since the announcement. I didn’t really know what to expect from Bloom but it was such a pleasant surprise. It was just more of an insight into her childhood, her personal development with a healthy dose of interiors. I actually sat and read this in one long sitting one afternoon and cried multiple times. It’s a really lovely book and really recommend it if you are a fan of her Youtube channel.
02. Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton.
I’ve followed Humans of New York on Facebook for years and I’m always fascinated by the stories. I’ve had this book on my wishlist for what feels like forever and I finally was given it for Christmas. This has to be one of my favourite books ever, if you really love the fascinating stories of humans, this is the book for you.
03. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
With the release of the film there has been a huge hype around this book, so I decided to pick it up and give it a read. It’s not the kind of book I was expecting to be and although I knew broadly what it was about I still ended up crying like a baby at the and yes, on the bus.
04. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.
This is a story about a trans girl getting to know her new body and trying to live a ‘normal’ life in a new school. I feel like this is a really important book to have around now days, books like these help the younger generation. It’s a really interesting story and an easy read.
05. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
I’d seen this book recommendation everywhere and decided I really wanted to read it to see what all the hype was around. It did not disappoint. If you love tales of magic, love and mystery, you’d really love this book. It’s quite a big book and I zipped through it pretty quickly! I was sad that it ended so quickly but so glad I read it.
So those are the books I managed to wizz through in January! I’ve already got 3 more books lined up ready to go! I won’t share them with you now otherwise that’ll ruin the surprise for next months book challenge update!
If you have any book recommendations, please let me know in the comments below, as I’m very open to any suggestion you have. I’d also love to know if you’ve ever done a book challenge yourself or if I’ve inspired you to start one! If you like to keep up to date with my challenge, you can follow me on GoodReads here!
Lets hope February is as productive as January was. Happy reading!