Each year, I try to set myself specific goals when it comes to reading. These goals can be from how many books I’d like to read, to specific books I want to read. It’s fun to do and actually help keep myself organised, since I have so many books to read for university. While I don’t always read every book that I specifically planned on reading, it’s nice to at least try, and to have a list in my mind of what to read.
Before I ramble on anymore, let’s get down to it! The amount of books I want to read is 23 (you can follow me on GoodReads here!). I know it’s not an awful lot, but with my university workload, it can sometimes be hard to find time to read. Plus, if I end up reading more than 23 books, I’ll feel proud!
The books I’d like to read this year are mainly books that are on my university reading list for next year. However, this time I’ve been quite lucky, and a lot of these books are ones that I’ve been wanting to read anyway, although not all of them are on this list (lol);
- Dracula – Bram Stoker. This one is on one of my university modules next year, but is something I’ve wanted to read for a while but never got around to. It’s a gothic classic, so right down my street.
- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens. Another book for university; but this one is what I was meant to read this year, but just haven’t yet. Oops… I will read it, though! But I wanted to read this anyway as well, I love Charles Dickens, I think he’s amazing.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas. A couple of my friends recommended this book to me, and one let me borrow it. It sounds amazing and something slightly different for me. I’m very excited to read it!
- Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon. I saw this in cinema last year, and thought the movie was pretty good, but slightly cliché. I heard so many good things about the book though, so I’m willing to give it a go!
- It – Stephen King. I LOVE Stephen King!!! The movie adaptions of this were absolutely incredible, and I cannot wait to read the book! I purposely left it until I finish my assignments this school year, though, just so I can concentrate on it more.
- The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks. My English teacher in secondary school recommended this book and I’ve wanted to read it since. Ironically, it’s on one of my university modules next year. Perfect! It’s a horror and a classic, so it should be pretty good.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson. Another book for university. But I’ve heard so many great things that I’m looking forward to reading it anyway. I helped one of my friends with a couple of extract questions before, when she was studying it at GCSE, so hopefully that’ll come to more use.
- Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare. I LOVE Shakespeare! And call me a typical girly-girl, but this is my favourite Shakespeare play. I don’t care! I think it’s beautiful. And yes, I also love the movie adaption with Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s a clever adaption.
- I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai. This is such an inspiring story and seems as though it will be thought provoking. Truly putting your life in to perspective. I plan on reading more biographies/autobiographies, so this will be a good book to read.
- Paul O’Grady’s Country Life. Paul O’Grady is adorable! When I saw this book in Tesco, I had to get it. The photo’s were stunning, there’s some pretty good recipes which I’m sure will be easy to turn vegan, as well as an interesting story.
- Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson. A friend recommended this book to me, and I had a copy for Christmas, so I simply must read it now. It sounds like a good read.
- Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie. I saw the movie adaption for my birthday (partly because Johnny Depp was in it) and loved it. The story was so well thought-out, and the ending was unexpected. The book must be just as good, if not, better!
- Beauty and the Beast – Disney. Obviously, I have to have something Disney on the list! Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favourite films so this should be a good, quick read.
- Selected Poems – Robert Browning. I’m starting to enjoy poetry more and would like to start reading more of it. Browning’s poems are very interesting, so his poems as well as a couple of other poets’ are definitely on my list.
So, there you go, the main books I’d like to read this year! Are there any on the list that you’ve read? If so, what did you think of it/them? And what do you plan on reading this year?
Have a magical day!