Goodreads challenge, come at me.

So you might've read in a previous post that last year, I failed miserably at reading the 40 books I set myself in the challenge.

In 2015, instead of trying to reach the impossible, I admitted to myself that I just can't read as much as 14 yr old Leanne did. Not only do I have a lot more to do in my life ('proper' jobs and real friends and Pinterest, ahem) but my iPod is fighting for attention on the daily commute also.
I've decided on a safe and easily do-able number of 25 books throughout the year.
This equates to just less than one book per fortnight, which I can definitely hopefully do.

Inspired by a few bloggers, particularly Bethan Likes and Tattooed Tealady who have THE best taste in literature, I have decided to put together a list every month of the books I want to crack on with.

*All the blurbs included in this post, I have only just read whilst writing this very post. Exciting.


The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton

So. Much. Hype.

So naturally I gave in and bought it on the Amazon Kindle store and can't wait to get started.
I've seen a couple of reviews, (check out this one at A Little Soapbox) and some love it, some were disappointed. The only way to find out whether it's worth it is to read it myself obviously.
'Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.'

Ooer, I'm in.

I Was Here
Gayle Forman

I read 'If I Stay' last year and really enjoyed it so when I was given the chance to receive the new novel by same author, I jumped at it. The lovely people at Simon and Schuster sent me a copy last week and this is now what I'm currently reading on the morning train.

Everything about Gayle Forman's writing screams 'this will break your heart' but I still can't put it down.

'A pitch-perfect blend of tragedy, mystery and romance' Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.'

If Stephen Chbosky says it, it absolutely must be true.

The Choice
Nicholas Sparks

I haven't actually read The Notebook but I, like the majority of the female population, have seen the wonders of Gosling at work in the film. If this story is anything to go by, Nicholas Sparks can make any story a romantic one and I figured with this being the month of love (well, it's Valentine's Day) I'd give it a shot.

'Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?'

Knew it would be about love. Knew it.

One Hundred Names
Cecelia Ahern

Oh Cecelia, author after my own heart. I absolutely adore some of her novels, in particular 'Where Rainbows End' (I wrote about that and the film version here), 'If You Could See Me Now' and of course the well known 'P.S. I Love You'.

I'm going to be honest though, I wasn't a fan of any of the others I read. They were obviously written in the same style and with her characterisation but the stories themselves just didn't connect with me. I'm hoping that this one will bring back my love!

‘An exquisitely crafted and poignant tale about finding the beauty that lies within the ordinary. Make space for it in your life.’ Heat

That told me pretty much nothing, thanks Heat magazine.

Are you doing the challenge, or have you read any of these books?
Let me know!