Wednesday, 5 October 2016


Every year I vow to read more and every year I fail miserably. 2016 has been the worst, I've read less than 5 books this entire year and we've just got to October. Terrible.

As much as I enjoy reading, I've put it to the back of my mind and it's become a last resort and I don't put time specifically aside for it anymore. This is good because it means I've obviously had too much going on in my life outside of my own living room! However, I'm putting some time in for myself this month in the run up to a busy Christmas and these are a few of the books I have on the agenda.

Books on shelf - rom com, classics, harry potter

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

We read this in school but when you spend your time analysing the writing rather than enjoying the story, it can hinder your experience. A ballet performance in Leeds of this novel encouraged me to give it another chance (although, alas, I was too late to see the production!)

I'm about three quarters of the way through this on my kindle and am absolutely loving it. I've found I'm appreciating it far more than I did when I was younger, possibly because the writing style is more mature.

'Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.'

Everything, Everything

Nicola Yoon

This sounds cute, easy to read and it's being talked about a fair bit on the internet so I wanted to give it a whirl. It's also not a particularly long book so good for those who want a quick read to cosy up with in the Autumn evenings.

'My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Beautiful, Broken Things

Sara Bernard

Aside from the wonderfully pretty front cover, I was intrigued by the blurb of this book. I've always been a fan of the coming-of-age plotline, exploring friendships, relationships and life, so this book seems the perfect combination.

'I was brave

She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie - confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne's past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.'

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

The film is out in cinemas now so I definitely want to jump on the bandwagon. As a general believer in books > films, I'd like to make my own mind up of characters before seeing Emily Blunt's portrayal. I think this will be the first of my list following Wuthering Heights.

It sounds a bit 'Gone Girl' -esque and I loved that thrilling plot. Expecting big things with all the hype!


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?'

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

Obviously this is on the list. My mum recently finished it and loved it so I've added to my pile of reading. We're going to see the stage play next April so I guess I've plenty of time to get cracking!

I'm hugely intrigued by the reaction of fans so far and how a stage play will differ from the previous novels. I'll keep you posted...

'It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.'